Fruits vs. Vegetables

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    Sep 27, 2014 8:55 PM GMT
    Not sure where to post this, so it may as well just be here.

    I've been working on improving my diet over the past couple years, and while I still eat (and drink) some junk, I've cleaned up most of the worst. Protein has become easier, and I'm OK about snacking on vegetables, but I don't really feel like I'm eating enough fruit. I try to make fruit smoothies (eat half, freeze half for later) on the weekends, and I try to keep apples on hand (though I never think to eat them at a good time), but it's still not at all uncommon for me to go a whole day (or even several) without a single portion of fruit.

    Part of what has me stumped is the foods that are scientifically classified as fruits but which we treat culinarily as vegetables. Where do avocados and peppers (or even squash/cucumbers/pickles) fall nutritionally? I'm trying, for example, to get back in the habit of eating an avocado every day; does that count toward eating more fruit? What about fajitas with lots of bell peppers? Or do you really have to eat sugary and/or acidic fruits to get the nutritional benefit?
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    Sep 27, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
    Basically, if it has seeds, it's a fruit, and if it doesn't, it's a vegetable. You can't really go by which sections things are in at the supermarket because they use convenience labeling. Tomatoes for example are normally found in the "vegetable" section, however they are obviously fruits.
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    Sep 27, 2014 9:39 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidBasically, if it has seeds, it's a fruit, and if it doesn't, it's a vegetable. You can't really go by which sections things are in at the supermarket because they use convenience labeling. Tomatoes for example are normally found in the "vegetable" section, however they are obviously fruits.


    Sure, and it's easy to look up the scientific classification if in doubt, but it's a bit harder to tell where it falls in the Food Quaternion or Nutrition Icosahedron or whatever the heck the FDA is calling food groups these days. ;)

    A while ago I even tried using the FDA's food calculator to figure out whether my plant foods would count as fruits or vegetables, but all they would tell me is that salt and olive oil are deadly poison. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 27, 2014 11:11 PM GMT
    After a quick attitude readjustment (read: fajitas and margaritas) I realize all I ever wanted was this:

    Somebody please tell me guacamole is a fruit. You don't have to be telling the truth; I'll believe you since it's what I want to hear.
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    Sep 27, 2014 11:28 PM GMT
    yetanotherphil saidAfter a quick attitude readjustment (read: fajitas and margaritas) I realize all I ever wanted was this:

    Somebody please tell me guacamole is a fruit. You don't have to be telling the truth; I'll believe you since it's what I want to hear.


    You're not paying attention. It has a seed....therefore it is a fruit.
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    Sep 27, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
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    yetanotherphil saidAfter a quick attitude readjustment (read: fajitas and margaritas) I realize all I ever wanted was this:

    Somebody please tell me guacamole is a fruit. You don't have to be telling the truth; I'll believe you since it's what I want to hear.


    You're not paying attention. It has a seed....therefore it is a fruit.


    Fair enough... I get like that sometimes. Thanks for telling me what I want to hear! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 02, 2014 5:17 AM GMT
    yetanotherphil saidAfter a quick attitude readjustment (read: fajitas and margaritas) I realize all I ever wanted was this:

    Somebody please tell me guacamole is a fruit. You don't have to be telling the truth; I'll believe you since it's what I want to hear.


    Guacamole is more of a salad. Now your only problem is to determine whether it's a fruit salad or a vegetable salad.

    Hope that helps.

    Oh, and PS, Vegetable = Vegetation. So a fruit can be a vegetable, as can a leaf or a flower or a stalk or a sprout or a root, etc.