As regular readers will know, Franziska Spritzler RD (Low Carb Dietitian) is often featured on this blog. She has recently written quite a long article about fruits and vegetables, it is on Diet Doctor site, and I have copied a little of it here:
"“Eat your fruits and vegetables!” You’ve probably heard that nagging scold more often than any other nutritional advice — not only from your mother but from doctors, health organizations, and governments over the last four decades.
Upping your fruit and veggie consumption has been recommended so often, for so long, as the best way to live longer, healthier lives, that to question that rationale seems very controversial.
But how many fruits and vegetables do we really need to eat? Might we perhaps be better off eating fewer of them than recommended? More provocatively, do we actually need any at all? In a world where fruit bowls and green smoothies are seen as virtuous and bacon is viewed as sinful, it may seem difficult to even consider these possibilities.
Fruits are the seed-containing portion of various flowering plants. They grow exclusively above ground.
Different types of fruit
The broad categories of fruit include pome, citrus, tropical, melons, stone fruits and berries. Most fruits taste sweet, although citrus varieties are often sour or bitter. With the exception of bananas, fruits are juicy due to their high water content.
Nutritional composition of fruits