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Veg. vs. Fruit ??

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Created December 29, 2012 at 2:04 AM

If you had a limited budget what would be more beneficial to spend your money on. Organic fruit vs organic vegetables? Due to nutrient value, cost, antinutrients etc.?

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on December 29, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Read above.....

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:55 PM

I love when they give discounts on bananas which are perfectly ripe, because they've got lots of brown spots :)

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:35 PM

ditto .

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Is it a vegetables or fruit question? Or which is better organic?

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on December 29, 2012
at 01:22 PM

And kale is even better. :)

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at 01:18 PM

All aspects. I wanted a rounded view of what's more important

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at 02:26 AM

hi, is this question more about organics, or more about the relative nutritional/dietary place of fruit vs. vegetables?

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on December 29, 2012
at 02:28 AM

You could check this out http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/ Rather than going for organic fruit only OR organic veggies only, perhaps go for organic when they're at the top of the dirty list, and conventional on the clean list.

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at 04:26 PM

I'm not convinced that organic bought at the grocery store is any better than conventional.

Fruits vs veggies? Veggies are more nutrient dense, but if you need calories, fruit works.

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on December 29, 2012
at 11:38 AM

From nutritional point of view spinach is better than any fruit. I do love the fatty balls of goodness that are avocados though.

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on December 29, 2012
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And kale is even better. :)

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on December 29, 2012
at 09:19 AM

The place of fruit in one's diet should be different to that of vegetables. They are distinct food groups with some similarities but important differences, such as calorie, carb and sugar content and digestibility. You might as well ask us if you should buy nuts or meat.

There's no reason why you can't have a mix, unless you're actively avoiding sugar/fructose or trying to cut down on calories. They both offer various nutrients and vitamins. Perhaps play around with cronometer and see which combination offers maximum nutrition for the least money. Fruit could be more value for money in that you probably end up eating comparatively less of it due to higher satiety from more carbs/calories. But that doesn't mean its advantages outweigh that of vegetables.

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on December 29, 2012
at 08:00 AM

Vegetables. Definitely vegetables.

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:35 PM

ditto .

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on December 29, 2012
at 03:20 PM

I agree with the idea of looking at the dirty list and getting organic only when it is really needed. Here are my tricks to getting cheap produce:

I get to the grocery store around 10am. By this time they have cleaned the produce section of all of the fruits and veggies that look a day too old to sell. They sell all of them for so cheap (like 4 avocados for $1 and last week I got 2 pomegranates for $1). I go to Harris Teeter but I bet alot of grocery stores do this. THe trick is to figure out when they go through the produce so you get first pick over the "bad" produce.

After I get what I can from this, I buy bananas (super cheap) and frozen berries instead of fresh. WHen spinach looks a bit to old they discount it and when that happens I buy tons. Because of how I shop, I do not get all of foods that I would ideally have every week, but instead I eat lots of the same thing (sale and discounted foods) and then eat completely different stuff the next week. It might not be ideal for the taste buds but in the long run, I get all of the vitamins I need. Also, don't let fruits and veggies go bad. ANything on its last day goes in the freezer in my house and is turned into smoothies.

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:55 PM

I love when they give discounts on bananas which are perfectly ripe, because they've got lots of brown spots :)

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on December 29, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Your question is a little confusing because some foods that are commonly considered vegetables are actually fruits, i.e. tomatoes and avocadoes. The other thing to consider, cost-wise, is what is currently in season.

Salad greens are easy to get year round and are nutrient dense, such as spinach. I feel like eating more tubers and squashes, though, during this time of the year. Next month, my parents are sending us oranges, which will be in season, from Florida (honeybells, yum!) so I will probably be eating a lot of those. I'll probably start eating more sweet fruits and avocadoes in the summer when they come back in season--the only exception is bananas, which I eat all year long.

BTW, I don't waste my money on organic if the food in question is not on the dirty dozen or has a thick rind.

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:23 AM

I would do what Miriam suggested. That is a great list Eating more veggies than fruit is optimal for health. Fruit is sugar so eating smaller amounts of that and large amounts of veggies would be healthiest.

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on December 29, 2012
at 02:12 AM

in my opinion, FRUIT all the way. probably because i get enough salty flavor from meat as it is. i don't eat many vegetables, but i gotta have my fruit. fruit has way more calories so more bang for your buck.

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