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In a cooking sense, tomatoes are a vegetable.  Botanically, they are a fruit because of the part of the plant that they are.


Believe it or not, there was an actual ruling on this issue in 1883 by the Supreme Court.  Part of that ruling clarifies this matter:


“Botanically speaking, tomatoes are the fruit of a vine, just as are cucumbers, squashes, beans, and peas. But in the common language of the people, whether sellers or consumers of provisions, all these are vegetables which are grown in kitchen gardens, and which, whether eaten cooked or raw, are, like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, and lettuce, usually served at dinner in, with, or after the soup, fish, or meats which constitute the principal part of the repast, and not, like fruits generally, as dessert.” 




The following "vegetables" are really fruits in the botanical sense:  tomatoes, okra, squash, cucumbers, bean & pea pods, peppers and eggplant. Even a corn grain is technically a fruit because each grain develops from a separate seed-bearing ovary with a long, thread-like style. Since they are typically eaten with a main entree (not as a dessert), all these botanical fruits are also called vegetables.




The exact cause of acne is unknown, it is believed to result from several related factors.  One of those factors is the hormonal changes that occur during puberty, around the menstrual period, or during pregnancy. Heredity also seems to be an important factor.  Stress may aggravate acne, although that has not always been shown to be true.  Additionally, acne can be aggravated by certain drugs, greasy cosmetics, rubbing of the skin by bike helmets or tight collars, pollution, high humidity and hard scrubbing of the skin. 


Diet has not been shown to aggravate acne, although  it is healthful to avoid foods that have a lot of added sugar.  While fruits do contain sugar, it is natural and generally is not going to be as high in sugar as a similar amount of a food that has added sugar.  Additionally, fruit comes with vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals that are important for health. So, continue to take good care of yourself by eating a wide variety of fruits … as well as the veggies.




How do you keep your toddlers eating healthy?


I lost 30lbs. by changing my eating habbits. I eat more fruits and vegetables than ever! and Drink more water than ever.


Fresh, Frozen, Canned, Dried and 100% Juice:
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The Expert: Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka, a mother of two and a registered dietitian, shares years of experience in getting people to eat more fruits and veggies.
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