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            Fruits and vegetables are always linked together, but what is the difference? We all know the general difference that fruits are sweeter than vegetables because they have more sugar. But how does some just decide what's a fruit and what's a vegetable; especially when that fruit isn't generally sweet? "According to botanists (those who study plants) a fruit is the part of the plant that develops from a flower" (Nelson). Fruits are also apart of the portion of the plant that includes the seeds. "The other parts of the plants are considered vegetables. The following are technically fruits: avocado, beans, peapods, corn kernels, cucumbers, grains, nuts, olive peppers, pumpkin, squash, sunflower seeds, and tomatoes. Vegetables include: celery (stem), lettuce (leaves), cauliflower and broccoli (buds), beets, carrots, and potatoes (roots)".

            In terms of a consumer stand point, both of these types of foods are rich with "fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients" (Reinagel). "The biggest difference is that fruits tend to be higher in sugar". The fact that fruit has more sugars infused in it causes people to think that vegetables are healthier, and since vegetables have less sugar nutritionist's say that a person should have more servings of vegetables than fruit.

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            Diet plans call for a person to eat more vegetables than fruit also due to the sugar in the fruit. The nutrients in vegetables also help the person who is dieting. The fiber helps lower the person's risk for constipation. The potassium in vegetables plays a role in regulating a person's blood pressure. "Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells" (Choose My Plate). These ingredients in vegetables are also present in fruit but just not as abundant. Vegetables are just slightly healthier for you because they have less sugar and more prevalent vitamins.

            For those who are dieting or just simply trying to lead a healthier lifestyle a helpful tip is to leave vegetables out on a table. When they are in your line of sight you are more tempted to reach for them instead of that bag of chips when you want a snack. 

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Interesting article! I like the advice you give at the end because that is what I do at my house. By surrounding myself by healthy food choices it is hard to go wrong. I also like to create healthy snacks to make something that tastes different, this way I do not get bored of a vegetable. A helpful hint is to cut down on the bread when snacking, it helps a lot when maintaining one's health. Heres an article on ways to eat more fruits and vegetables in your life:

http://www.cookinglight.com/healthy-living/healthy-habits/eat-vegetables-fruits-00412000069675/page27.html

Thank you for recognizing the distinction between fruits and vegetables! I had fun with my campers this summer telling them that all of their favorite veggies were actually fruits! But it is important to recognize the nutritional difference between foods traditionally known as vegetables and foods that are traditionally known as fruits. The USDA has this new-ish method for monitoring appropriate nutrition:
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ and as you said, it is important to keep healthy by maintaining a healthy balance of fruits and 'vegetables'!

This is very interesting. Plus it is good advice for someone like me who could do more to lower my weight. Also following the daily intake of food and what you should be eating would help too http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

This blog post is very useful! I always wondered if fruits or vegetables were healthier for you. It's unfortunate that veggies take this crown because I'm sure most of us think fruits are a lot yummier. I'm also pretty sure that i have low levels of potassium in my system because I never became a vegetable eater until I came to college. Hopefully that improves!

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