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Sep 6, 2010 09:44 PM

Are you a Fruit Person or Vegetable Person?

Forget about meats and grains for this discussion. Are you more of a fruit person or a vegetable person? That is: do you lean toward fruit or vegetable consumption when compared to others?

I lean toward vegetables. Vegetables constitute a good portion of my meal. Meanwhile, I may or may not have a fruit everyday. So compared to people who I know, I am more of a vegetable person.

Thank you.

P.S.: For the sake of this discussion, let's classify fruits and vegetables by the culinary definition, not the botanical definition. E.g.: you can count tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers ... as vegetables.

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  1. While I hate this response when other people do it to my questions, I'm going to straddle the fence on this one and say that I'm both -- just about 50/50.

    Unless I am ill, or traveling, there will rarely ever be a day when I go without at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables, and many times much much more.

    In fact, I can say that just about every "normal" or typical day for me, I will always have at least 1 or 2 large (12"+) bananas, a Fuji apple, 2 cups of cabbage, 2 cups of broccoli, a stick of carrot, and 2-3" of Japanese yams.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      You definitely eat a lot more fruits than I do.

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        Fruit is the first thing I eat for breakfast generally (i.e. before the savory stuff like eggs, oatmeal, etc.)

        At dinner, fruit is the last thing I eat, which usually means it's dessert or a part of dessert.

        In fact, I can't imagine going an entire day without either fruits or vegetables (yes, plural for both). But, it would be easy for me to imagine a day without any types of animal proteins, and in fact I do go meat-less on some days even though I am by no means a vegetarian, or even a closet-vegetarian. I love me a well-charred steak!

    2. Oh vegetables, definitely. Sometimes my lazy dinner is just a heaping mound of stir-fried green beans or spinach with garlic. I'll even chop up and saute a small cabbage for a snack. On the other hand I never eat fruit unless someone else has bought, washed, cut, and placed it in front of me.

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      1. re: RealMenJulienne

        Thanks. I eat more fruits a bit more now, but that is only because I tell myself to eat more fruits.

        I guess part of the reason is because I cook vegetables as part of my main meals and people don't easily miss their meals. Whereas, I view fruits as snacks and I can forget about them.

        1. re: RealMenJulienne

          I'm definitely a vegetable person. I'll eat fruit if it's out cut up... the only fruit I'll actually buy and cut up to eat is pineapple. Sometimes I'll buy cubed mango, because I love it, but I'm terrible at choosing and cutting one.

          But vegetables.. spinach, artichokes, kale, peppers, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower... I'll eat them prepared any way at any time. The only vegetable I don't like is tomatoes.

          1. re: cheesecake17

            I think cheesecake, chemicalk, and realmenj have put your finger(s) on it.

            I also find it tiresome to cut up fruit, and even more tiresome to eat fruit that is not cut up. I don't enjoy scronching into a huge apple. But if someone else cuts up the apple and puts it in front of me, then OK.

            Veggies OTOH are usually cut up and spiced up, and so are more attractive to my salt-loving tongue. Anyone who doesn't love a sun ripened tomato, please just send them to me :)

            My favourite fruits are those which I can use as a vehicle for salt and red chilli powder - e.g. guavas, mangoes, pineapple, watermelon, etc. (But f these fruits are really ripe and juicy and sweet and good, then I do enjoy them as is) .....

            1. re: Rasam

              Yeah, for me a little sweetness goes a long way. The slight sweet note of perfectly cooked vegetables, alongside the salty, spicy, bitter, and sour flavors, is just enough for me.

          2. re: RealMenJulienne

            I'm just like you, RealMenJulienne.

            I have lots of veggies at every meal (even at breakfast in my eggs). They fill me up. Fruit on the other hand I rarely buy. It doesn't fill me up and sometimes even makes me hungrier or yearns for something else. I heard once you're supposed to always eat fruit on it's own and not eat anything an hour before and after--it helps with digestion.

            Plus, you can always get all of your vitamins and minerals from veggies, which you can't from your fruit.

          3. Fruit. I'm also a dessert person, though.

            1. Definitely a veggie person.

              I do like fruit and make sure and get at least some every day, but If I don't have any once in a while, it's OK. I can't do without veggies however....

              1. Fruit pretty much all the way. Except for tomatoes which are my favorite "vegetable".

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                1. re: buttertart

                  Vegetables win every, last darn single time for me. I even like leftover, soggy salad. The top billing, though....drumrolll....tomatoes. I could do without every other vegie (maybe i'd need onions, at least to cook with) but could. not. do. without. tomatoes. Fruit's good, but like a few other folks here, it needs to be presented to me as chunks, or slices, or whatever. Which is not going to happen, because I'm the one around here who'd do that!

                  1. re: mamachef

                    There is nothing on earth like a great tomato. As far is fruit is concerned, I can't think of a single one I wouldn't rather eat than most vegetables, raw/cooked/sliced or no. It's not as if I don't eat them however.

                    1. re: buttertart

                      'Zackly, butter. Tomatoes are the only thing I will go to any lengths for; the rest is pretty incidental.

                  2. re: buttertart

                    I love tomatoes too. Not just the taste, it just look so round and chubby and adorable.

                    I mostly cook tomatoes now, but I used to just eat it like a fruit (raw).

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      And they feel good in your hands, in all their round, chubby adorableness!

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        I used to hate raw tomatoes. But since moving to South Jersey I will eat them like they're crack - as long as they are really fresh and ripe, of course.

                        Definitely more a veggie than fruit person. There are so many interesting ways to prepare vegetables and fruit often overly sweet or boring to me. I do love berries, though.