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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: What is a vegetable?
Date: October 19, 2007 at 5:38 am PST

In Reply to: Re: What is a vegetable? posted by crepuscule on October 18, 2007 at 7:19 pm:

I was not making a recommendation when I gave my percentages for vegetables and is also why I refrain from describing my own intakes. It is just my intake and how I interpret and implement the guidelines. They are not goals or ideals. There is no one way that is 100% correct, in spite of what many others may have you beleive.

However, vegetables are the highest in nutrient density and lowest in calorie density so the more you can include the better. Start where you are with the ones you like. As it is comfortable, try to increase the amount. The more the better

In regard to starchy vegetables and the definitions used by "traditional" nutrition and the food groups, starchy vegetables are vegetables that have a higher carbohydrate and calorie content. They tend to have around 80 calories per 1/2 cup serving.

These generally include corn, peas, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and beans.

Personally, I would not include beans as I like to give them their own category as their nutrient profile is so unique and beneficial.

In Health
Jeff

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