Differences Between Vegetable And Fruit Nutrition
Plant Based Life: Super Nutritious Foods
Vegetables and fruits are natural healing foods because they provide us with a natural and synergistic combination of nutrients. Vegetables and fruits are super nutritious foods, but they have their differences.
Plant based life falls into the two categories, vegetables and fruits, which can be divided into subcategories. Vegetables consist of leaves (kale), stems (celery), buds (broccoli), and roots (yam), while fruits consist of fruits (apple), nuts (almond), and legumes (garbanzo bean).
Leaf Vegetables And Fruit Nutrition Differences
When most of us think about vegetables we think about leaf vegetables like lettuce or kale and bud vegetables like broccoli. When we think about fruits we think about fruits like apples or oranges. Let’s start with this comparison. Though both groups contain some of the same nutrients, vegetables generally contain a higher amount of micronutrients than fruits, and fruits generally contain more macronutrients than vegetables.
Micronutrient and Macronutrient Differences
Vegetables And Micronutrients
Vegetables generally contain a higher concentration of the micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, that are essential for good health. In general I eat more vegetables to support the healthy functioning of my organs, since vegetable’s higher concentration of these micronutrients. These micronutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium support healthy functioning of eyes, the nervous system, bones, teeth, muscles, skin, nails, blood cells, and the immune system.
Root Vegetable Nutrition
Root vegetables supply an added punch to vegetable nutriton. Root vegetables like yams and beets are powerhouses of vitamins and minerals like leaf vegetables. Root vegetables also supply the added punch of carbohydrates, particularly complex-carbohydrates, and supply energy like fruits do.
Fruits And Macronutrients
Macronutrients are the energy-giving and structural caloric components of our foods, and include carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Apples, bananas, oranges (normally what we think of when we think of fruits) are concentrated with the simple carbohydrates or simple sugars, fructose. Fruits in general have a higher concentration of fructose than vegetables.
The “other fruits” are nuts and legumes. Nuts generally have a higher concentration of protein and healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than do fruits and vegetables. Legumes generally have a higher concentration of protein and complex-carbohydrates than do nuts, fruits and vegetables.
Vegetable And Fruit Nutrition Crossover
Carbohydrates are a macronutrient, which supplies energy, and are generally found in a higher concentration in fruits. Fiber is a complex-carbohydrate but is not digested in the body and is not used for energy. Vegetables and fruits are both good sources of fiber which is essential for healthy living.
Vegetables and fruits are both good sources of antioxidant phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants (vegetables) and fruits, which give them their color. These phytochemicals have antioxidant properties and help to protect cells against oxidation, which causes aging.
Vegetable and Fruit Nutrition
If you are looking to to give your body foods that will help it to heal itself and to strengthen the immune system, concentrating leaf, stem, and bud vegetables into your diet appear to be a good idea. By consuming more vegetables than other foods you will increase the nutrients that support good health, while reducing high caloric foods. This approach is helpful to people who are not highly active and who want to lose weight, because you are giving your body the chance to burn stored energy, while also providing your organs with nutrients that will help them towards operating more efficiently.
There are always exceptions to the rules. Many fruitarians practice a 80-10-10 diet and also lose weight and improve their health, though many are very active. The 80-10-10 diet consists of 80% carbohydrates, 10% fat, and 10% protein. They eat mostly fruits and a little bit of vegetables. The fruitarians I have seen are very healthy and very slim, or skinny, and I think the skinniness is due to the small amount of protein in their diet.
I eat a balance of vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, and seeds, and yes I am a vegan and feel like Tony the Tiger.