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What is the best way to ansewr the question: Can I only eat vegetables and not fruit? or vice versa.

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. Our Health Benefits Document provides a review of the evidence that supports the many benefits of fruits and vegetables, including their link to cancer, diabetes and more.
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