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Are Vegetables Better Than Fruit?

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

Ask the Diva: Are Vegetables Better Than Fruit?

Q. Are fruit and vegetables the same nutritionally? Is it preferable to eat one or the other?

A.  Fruits and vegetables are similar in that they are both good sources of fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. The biggest difference is that fruits tend to be higher in sugar. For that reason, I consider vegetables to be somewhat preferable. I recommend aiming for five servings of vegetables and two to three servings of fruit each day. But if you wanted to skip the fruit and eat extra vegetables instead, I’d have no objection!

Learn more in my episodes on fruits and vegetables.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.