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What are the best and worst fruits & vegetables from a nutritional standpoint?

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cherry1269453618.37716348 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005

I have heard the darker in color the better ... blue berries are good

 

white potatoes not so good

Cloud71269453767.7776501 PostsRegistered 12/29/2009

Red, orange and yellow fruits and veggies are especially good nutritionally.

 

 

"Ensembles are endless" Cloud 7

Pearlbaby1269453966.8736340 PostsRegistered 12/2/2009

I read that "white" veggies get a bad rap.  There are vitamins in potatoes and cauliflower that you cant get in anyother.  Just maybe use potatoes in moderation.  Think it depends what ya top it with that makes them naughty.Cool

cherry1269454097.7516348 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005
On 3/24/2010 LUV TO SHOP said:

I read that "white" veggies get a bad rap.  There are vitamins in potatoes and cauliflower that you cant get in anyother.  Just maybe use potatoes in moderation.  Think it depends what ya top it with that makes them naughty.Cool

I hope you are right becaue I like potatoes..But my DR told me that cauliflower isn't good..she was telling me about her diabetic mother....I am not diabetic and she is not a nutritionist so we both could be wrong

Rap21269454181.6513235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006

Berries, dark greens, nuts, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, cantalope, bananas, citrus fruit and apples are all really good for you.  As someone has already said - the darker the color the more nutrients.  Eat the rainbow of colors.  I have read in several places to cook spinach and tomatoes because that brings out the nutrients.

Iceburg lettuce is not very nutritious.  It's only advantage is low in calories.

Kathleen1269454192.0211912 PostsRegistered 8/7/2006East Side, West Side, All Around The Town ... London Bridge is Falling Down
On 3/24/2010 cherry said:

white potatoes not so good

White potatoes contain potasium and are low salt.  

The potato is a nutrient-dense food. It provides good nutritional return for the calories.

http://mvproduce.com/spudfacts.html

 

 

Pearlbaby1269454246.3336340 PostsRegistered 12/2/2009

When I started the South Beach diet they werent eliminated off diet.  They just gave healthy ways to top.  Think in phase 1 cant because of the carbs...but after that its fine.  Potatoes are better than pasta as far as whites...that has to do with sugar and flower. 

Pearlbaby1269454302.2736340 PostsRegistered 12/2/2009

flour...Foot in mouth

Pearlbaby1269454350.4476340 PostsRegistered 12/2/2009

Yeah potatoes...lol 

sparklingr­ivers1269454419.8111155 PostsRegistered 1/15/2009

Coat pan with PAM.  Slice potatoes, lightly coat with EVOO, salt and pepper.  Bake in oven until done.  Just keep the butter off of those potatoes.

Noel71269454600.9934868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

If I recall correctly, potatoes and apples are tops for fiber (in the fruit and veg categories).  I don't eat that much so I'm always trying to get more fiber.

And Cherry's right about color.  Look for deep and vibrant colors, and make sure you get a variety of them.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

cherry1269454722.67316348 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005

Potatoes are good!   Hurray..now if we could just find a way to make butter healthy...........

JustJazzmom1269454832.28726426 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007My garden, of course!!

The greener the leaves on the lettuce the better for you.

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phillysher1269454888.685199 PostsRegistered 5/15/2006

I wish I knew!  I just ate a McDonald's fish sandwich combo.  I do like spinach and turnip greens though.  oh and cabbage

Rap21269454993.30313235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006
On 3/24/2010 cherry said:

Potatoes are good!   Hurray..now if we could just find a way to make butter healthy...........

 When I was in the cardiac unit of a world famous medical center a couple of years ago, there were two items on my food tray every meal.  A packet of Mrs. Dash herbs and a small container of Promise margarine.  I still use these two brands.   I never tried to cook with Promise so don't know if you can.

I use fat-free or low fat plain yogurt on baked potatoes in place of sour cream.   Cherry, put a dollop of yogurt, a small pat of Promise and chopped chives on your potato and see how it tastes.

cherry1269455075.72316348 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005
On 3/24/2010 Rapunzel2 said:
On 3/24/2010 cherry said:

Potatoes are good!   Hurray..now if we could just find a way to make butter healthy...........

 When I was in the cardiac unit of a world famous medical center a couple of years ago, there were two items on my food tray every meal.  A packet of Mrs. Dash herbs and a small container of Promise margarine.  I still use these two brands.   I never tried to cook with Promise so don't know if you can.

I use fat-free or low fat plain yogurt on baked potatoes in place of sour cream.   Cherry, put a dollop of yogurt, a small pat of Promise and chopped chives on your potato and see how it tastes.

It sounds good Rapunzel

velveteenb1269455701.2472769 PostsRegistered 5/11/2006

hihi --

it depends on what you're looking for in the fruits and vegetables, although i will agree that generally more intense color is "better" and one should try to eat a rainbow of colors.

raspberries are remarkably high in fiber, as are pears.  i believe potatoes have potassium; another point in their favor.

my favorite site for finding out nutrients in various foods is:  nutritiondata.com.  you can type in the food you want to know more about, and it shows you just about everything there is to know.

bunny.  the dangerously complicated rabbit.

Marienkaef­er21269457047.086596 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007Beautiful San Juan Islands

On almost every list that I have read, the top three veggies are nearly always spinach, kale and chard. 

I eat one or two of these almost every day...salads, sauteed with pasta, for example.

I was brought up on these vegetables, so I love them.  To some who are not used to them, it might be hard to like them.  But, they are powerhouses...dark leafy greens. 

Others that are high are yams, blueberries, raspberries, mangos, broccoli, peppers.  So many kinds..the darker and deeper colors, the better...and a variety of them, because they all have their benefits.

 

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world!~~Shakespeare

winamac1269457417.51719053 PostsRegistered 8/21/2005Carmel, Indiana

avoid high sugar veggies and fruits such as peas, corn, beets, lima beans, watermelon, bananas and pears

 

broccoli is excellent

spinach is excellent

kale is excellent

berries are excellent

chickenbutt1269457493.122690 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

From a glycemic index POV the best fruits are berries and melons.  The worst are citrus and bananas.

As far as veg, the ones with highest sugar content are carrots, corn and peas.  Like others have already mentioned, the deeply hued and leafy-green veg types are best.  That's not to say that carrots and peas have no nutritional value, as they do.  They are just the ones with a lot of sugar.  I'm sure they are others but those are the ones that stick out from when I was doing research.

In what many might consider the 'potato category' I think sweet potatoes (NOT yams) are the best from a nutritional standpoint.  White potatoes DO have good nutritional value, but they also have high glycemic index and starchy content.    If one is not diabetic, or trying to lose weight, white potatoes are a good choice in moderation.

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winamac1269458426.85319053 PostsRegistered 8/21/2005Carmel, Indiana
On 3/24/2010 winamac said:

avoid high sugar veggies and fruits such as peas, corn, beets, lima beans, watermelon, bananas and pears

 

broccoli is excellent

spinach is excellent

kale is excellent

berries are excellent

 

cauliflower is excellent and has low glycemic index

 

LaterGator1269460555.639957 PostsRegistered 1/9/2007

Haas avacado (blackish green colored pebbled skin)

blueberries

cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil

walnuts and almonds  (2 one ounce servings per day)

apples

red bell peppers

broccoli

I just read about these the other day.  Foods that supply healthy nutrition, omega 3's and fewer calories.  It was under that all emcompassing "super foods" category. 

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catnip1269460563.037025 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Eastern CT

Think colorful, bright and deep color.

 

Any leafy greens, broccoli.  If you eat cabbage the purple one is preferred over the light green one. 

White vegetables should be included at times.  White potatoes, but buy organic and eat the skin.  Also white corn.

Asparagus is wonderful. 

Just about any fruit or vegetable is preferable to any refined stuff.

Just get as much variety as you can and to get the best quality and nutrient value buy what is in season.

ETA--just wanted to add that white potatoes are one of the crops that is sprayed the most with pesticides.  This is why you should always get organic.  Apples too.  If you only get two things organic, make them potatoes and apples.

 

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Noel71269460706.02334868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

Bananas are high in potassium and are considered one of the heart healthy fruits.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

LaterGator1269460718.0679957 PostsRegistered 1/9/2007

What is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam? 

I've always thought they were the same thing.

 

 

3:57 pm est, 3/24/10

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