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Are peanuts or nuts considered a fruit or vegetable? If not, what food category are they under?

Peanuts are considered neither a fruit nor a vegetable. They are considered a nut and are part of the protein group in the food pyramid. All foods made from meat, poultry, fish, dry beans or peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the protein foods group. Try our Thai Shrimp Mango Wrap recipe and check out our Nut Nutrition Database!
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The Expert: Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, is the President and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation. At PBH, she guides the Foundation’s efforts to advance the overall effort of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.
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