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5 to 10 a day

Here in Canada the government recommends 5 - 10 a day for servings of Fruit and Vegetables, pretty standard as in the UK it was 5 a day, and what I am wondering is this - how many servings do vegans / vegetarians in general actually eat.

This wondering came about following a conversation with a non veg friend who said she had to make sure she planned those 5+ servings into her day to ensure she ate Fruit and vege. I had a wee think and realised that yesterday, on a day when I was out and about, a bit rushe'd and meeting people for lunch and morning tea (and not thinking about what I ate apart from the evening meal I was making for the family) I ate 6 portions of Fruit and Vege - without trying. The day before, when I was at home and planned what I was eating more I had 12 servings of fruit and vege - that was with trying. Having a wee bit more of a think I would say that on average I eat around 8 servings of F&V - taking into the fluctuations of life etc.

So, what I would like to know is; how many serving of fruit and vege do you eat on an average day?

And, does anyone have info on how this relates to the average for the non veg. population. Just an interesting thought is all.

actually probably not enough here. I don't even know the recommended here in the states (that's sad lol) but i have never been a big eater, i have coffee for breakfast, i have no lunch, and a big dinner consisting of veggies, some meat replacement (veggie burger,chik "n",ect...,and some rice or pasta) on days i do eat lunch i eat a salad. So really maybe 1-2 portions a day. i need to start eating more, and you've actually encourage me to do that.

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Hey KR, don't get too down on yourself. A "serving" is a portion/piece about the size of your fist. (At least that's the way I heard it described on the BBC ;D). So if you eat a big salad with say, a whole tomato, some lettuce, maybe a grated carrot, maybe some pepper slices or olives or such...you can rack up the "servings" pretty fast. I tend to save my "dessert" and eat a piece of fresh fruit say midmorning and midafternoon...helps beat the munchies and that's another 2 servings right there.

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The average non-veg person I think eats less than 3 a day, with a huge portion of the population barely eating one.  Take away french fries and chips and many non-veg people get zero.  I see that every day.  People at work eat chicken wings and that's it. 

If it wasn't mandated by the government that foods be fortified in America, our society would be malnourished.

Personally, on a usual day I eat much for fruit than I do veggies, but I definately get my more than a day of fruits and veggies.  Today I had an apple, orange, bannana,mango, spinach salad (with tomato, avacodo, orange bell pepper, and baby carrots).  Usually at lunch I have a couple of veggies but didn't today.  Later I'm going to have some fresh pineapple and blueberries.  Oh and a glass of V-8 for the potassium (I have borderline high blood pressure sometimes and hopefully dietary potassium helps). 

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Tweety, the banana-factor will help the BP. They have a good dose of potassium and have been shown to help BP levels in borderline cases...besides they sure are tasty! I've been known to eat a banana samwich for breakfast, on toasted wholemeal bread with a little marge...yum. I buy bread with sunflower seeds in it, which adds to the yum factor for me.

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I tend to eat more fruits and vegetables than anything else any way you look at it, whether that be in a day's course or an entire week's meals total.  Of course I realize there are other essentials I need to consume in order to maintain optimum health, so I add appropriate portions of soy/nuts/beans and grains accordingly, but in the grand scheme of things fruit and vegetables are my bag.

Baby. ;D

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I consider myself very educated about food, but I still don't know exactly how much is a serving of various types of vegetables... We tend not to eat a lot of meat replacers, so instead we eat a lot of veggies and legumes (do beans and lentils count as veggie?). On any day where I cook dinner (about 5 days a week), I would say we get at least five at dinner alone-- we use a lot of sauteed onion and garlic (probably half an onion and several cloves of garlic per serving), a lot of tomato or tomato sauce, and we usually do at least two separate vegetables with dinner (like spaghetti squash with broccoli, or mushrooms and peas), usually along some sort of salad.

So today I had a plain tofu scramble in whole wheat tortilla for breakfast (zero servings), a grilled portobello with beets (one serving? two?) and risotto with lots of veggies and tomato sauce (two? three?) for lunch, and warm lentils with sauteed onions, peppers, and celery and balsamic reduction and fresh spinach (two? three?), along with a green salad with avocado (two servings) for dinner. I do a low sugar diet, since I am still trying to lose a few pounds before my wedding, so I eat very little fruit these days. But that makes at least seven servings of vegetables, and at most, that's ten.

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Tweety, the banana-factor will help the BP. They have a good dose of potassium and have been shown to help BP levels in borderline cases...besides they sure are tasty! I've been known to eat a banana samwich for breakfast, on toasted wholemeal bread with a little marge...yum. I buy bread with sunflower seeds in it, which adds to the yum factor for me.

Yum is right.  Thanks for the encouragement.  I went through a phase when I didn't eat a lot of them, but I guess I should go back to eating them.  In fact a couple of days ago I bought a bunch of organic ones that I found in a grocery store I rarely go to.  I love peanut butter and bannana sandwiches.  :) ;D

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It's 5 a day here in the US. The 5 a day logo is practically on anything that is a veggie in my grocery store. On average I eat about 3 fruits and 2 veggies a day. Sometimes more though on the fruits. I just love fruit better except for asparagus. I love asparagus and could eat that for every meal hehe.

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It's 5 a day here in the US. The 5 a day logo is practically on anything that is a veggie in my grocery store. On average I eat about 3 fruits and 2 veggies a day. Sometimes more though on the fruits. I just love fruit better except for asparagus. I love asparagus and could eat that for every meal hehe.

Lol thats why i didnt know what it was, i havent bought veggies or fruits in a grocery store in over a year..so i never get a chance to see the logo lol

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I wish I didn't have to shop at the store but alas we have no farmers market around where I live =/. I would love to have fresh picked veggies and fruits. They taste so much better. I have started my first garden though this year! I will have various hot and sweet peppers, tomatoes and various herbs. I can't wait to make some fried green tomatoes!

Melzy

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Look for a CSA if you can. I did one last year and loved it so much that we're doing it again this year. It stands for Community Supported Agriculture, meaning that you buy a share of the farm ahead of time and then get your weekly box of produce for however many weeks (in my case, it's 21 weeks, which is awesome). We're helped out at the farm once or twice last year with harvesting and weeding, and whatnot.

Anyway, they gave us so much delicious and sometimes unusual organic produce, and it's a good deal, but only if you eat it all. So we worked reeeeeally hard to make sure we ate it all and didn't let it go bad.

I scored several boxes of lettuce the other day from a food drive surplus (unfortunately, most people receiving food didn't want produce, so there was a lot of leftover fruit and veg), and I've been trying desperately to eat it all before it goes bad. I ate about 10 cups of salad yesterday and have been feeling great!

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Thanks for the CSA tip. I had no clue that they exsist. There are about 3 I could do around my area but they are all filled up. I have to look into it for next summer. It's a really neat idea and supports the local farmers, which I especially like =)

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