Good VS bad Veggies and Fruits?
Ok - I know there aren't really 'bad' veggies - in moderation.
But I'm confused by the Grocery List post - listing skinless chicken breast for protein I understand, but listing only bananas, apples, blueberries, strawberries, rasberries, grapefruit for fruits?
Also in the vegs, why no carrots? Why no green beans? And why no green peas either? After all, my mum always told me to finish my green beans
Any pointer would be very appreciated.
Your are right. There are no bad veggies or fruits. Some might contain more sugar than others, like bananas and mango, but doesn't make them "bad"
Originally Posted by Cigaro78
Carrots are fruits.
And that list is not set in stone, there are too many fruits and veggies to name. If its technically a veggie, you can eat it.
A carrot is a root vegetable. And while fruits and veggies are all generally better than, say, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, they're not all created equal. Mushrooms, for example, don't have much worth writing home about. Like Phate said, sugar, carbs and nutrients vary in each. So you can't just eat potatoes and strawberries and call it good.
I recommend checking out the website whfoods.com. There is a lot of information about what makes certain fruits and vegetables (and nuts and herbs and meat and etc.) healthy.
The only fatty fruits/vegetables I can think of are olives, avocados, and coconuts. And of course, olive oil and avocados are both great sources of healthy monounsaturated fat. Coconut is of course full of saturated fat and should be consumed in moderation, but its saturated fatty acids are supposedly shorter chain than, say, butter or beef. So I wouldn't even avoid coconut completely. I just would not consume too much of it.
Some fruits/vegetables have little in the way of nutrition, such as iceberg lettuce. They might help you feel full on fewer Calories, and they might provide some of the fiber you need, but there are certainly better choices out there, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, or swiss chard. Some fruits and vegetables also have lots of carbs. But pretty much all of them are reasonably healthy so long as you don't deep-fry them.
Some foods, such as onions and tomatoes, supposedly are healthier when they are somewhat cooked than when they are raw. Many though, such as green vegetables, have nutrients that are damaged by heat. With such vegetables, it's better to gently steam them, through them into a stir-fry near the end, or not cook them at all.
DEF - mushrooms are a fungus, not a veggie...hence their lack of significant nutritional value.
but on topic: the main point is your green leafy veggies, along with broccoli and cauliflower, contain more 'good stuff' than carrots and other root veggies.
and for all intents and purposes, potatoes are not 'veggies' but a starchy carb...more like bread...due to their higher glycemic index, and fast digestion.
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