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Is it unhealthy to consume similar vegetables in the same day?

 

Q. Is it unhealthy to consume one serving of new potatoes and one serving of sweet potatoes in the same day, or are they too nutritionally similar?

 

A. It is better to eat two servings of a similar vegetable, than no servings of vegetables at all. Although new potatoes and sweet potatoes are similar, they do have some differences. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and new potatoes are almost two times higher in potassium than sweet potatoes. However, eating a variety of vegetables is important for getting all the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that your body needs. Check out our Fruit & Veggie Recipe Database for ideas on how to incorporate different veggies into your day.

 
 
 
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