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Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and other substances that can improve your health and even prevent disease. Get plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet -- at least 3 or 4 cups per day.
  1. Nutrition Information for Fruits (11)
  2. Nutrition Information for Vegetables (12)

Getting More Fruits and Vegetables in Your Diet
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, only about 15 percent of Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables. Here are my tips for adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

How Many Vegetables Do You Need Every Day?
Do you and your family members eat enough vegetables? Learn how many cups of vegetables you and your family members need to eat every day.

What is a Serving of Fruit or a Vegetable?
Understanding serving sizes can be a little tricky. Discover how to measure the serving size of any fruit or vegetable, including fresh, chopped, sliced, and juice.

Tips for Eating More Vegetables
Tell us what you do to get more vegetables into your diet. Or you can read vegetables tips from other About.com readers.

How Much Sodium Can Be Removed by Rinsing Canned Vegetables?
It's difficult to know exactly how much, but rinsing vegetables does help to remove some of the sodium.

Healthy Oven Roasted Potatoes
A recipe for potatoes roasted with olive oil and rosemary.

Healthy Foods: Eat More Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and potassium. Learn more about citrus fruits. I've also got tips and recipes to help you eat more citrus fruits.

Fresh Ideas for Serving Fruit
Tired of that same old bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter? Here are a few fresh ideas for serving fruit in smoothies, salads, and desserts.

Should I Avoid Fruit Juice?
Some people believe fruit juice is bad because it contains natural sugar. You may need to watch the calories, but you don't need to avoid fruit juice.

Which Fruit or Vegetable is the Best One for Your Health?
A reader wants to know which one is best. The answer? Eat a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables.

How Did These Fruits Get Their Names?
Watermelons, cranberries, apricots, pomegranates, nectarines, kiwifruits, tangerines and grapefruits all have interesting names. Learn more about the names of these fruits.

Are All Carbohydrates Bad?
With the popularity of low-carb diets, a reader is thinking about giving up fruits and berries. Find out if fruits and berries are good carbs or bad carbs.

Health Benefits of Eating Berries
Berries are great sources of vitamins and phytochemicals. Learn more about the different types of berries. I've also got tips on how to get more berries in your diet.

Why Are Dried Fruits Higher in Sugar Than Regular Fruit?
Dried fruit has the water removed so the volume is reduced. That means there's more sugar (and calories) in a cup of raisins than in a cup of grapes.

What Nutrients are Lost When Fruits and Vegetables are Cut?
Fruits and vegetables have the most nutritional content when they are fresh, but they're still good for you after a few days in the refrigerator.

Why Does Eating Asparagus Make Urine Smell Bad?
Some people smell something funny after they eat asparagus. Find out why urine can smell different after you eat asparagus.

Questions About Fruit and Vegetables
I get a lot of questions about fruits and vegetables. Here are some of those questions and my answers. Learn more about fruits and vegetables.

How Many Calories in Baked Potatoes?
Potatoes are starchy vegetables. How many calories in a baked potato? Find out.

Are Tomatoes Bad for Your Health?
Historically, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous. But today we know that tomatoes are good for you because they contain vitamin C, fiber and lycopene.

Spinach
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that is a good source of minerals and folate. Add spinach or other leafy greens to your diet.

Does Soaking or Rinsing Potatoes Reduce the Starch Content?
Is it possible to reduce the starch in potatoes so they can fit into a low-carb diet? No, it's not -- learn more.

Health Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries are nutritious and they taste great too. Learn why strawberries are so good for you.

Spaghetti Squash -- Nutrition Information
Nutrition information for spaghetti squash. It's nutritious and low in calories.

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