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Is it bad to only eat fruits or vegetables?


Q. How bad is it for someone to eat only fruits or only veggies? Thanks


A. Both fruits and vegetables in all forms provide a variety of nutrients and other beneficial compounds for the body. Fruits and vegetables do provide many similar vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A & C, potassium, and fiber. However, each fruit or vegetable has a unique set of other beneficial compounds. In order to provide your body with the best combination of beneficial compounds (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc.) it is important to eat a variety of BOTH fruits and vegetables. A well-rounded diet would also include whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy, unless you are choosing to be vegetarian which also needs to be balanced with proteins, grains, and calcium rich products.

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