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What percentage of your daily calorie intake comes from fruits and veggies?

I just read a stat that the average amercian consmumes roughly 93% of their calories from animal or refined and processed food sources. And of the remaining 7%, potatoes make up about half of that. The scary thing is that I don't think I am too far from that.

Thu. Feb 8, 2:58pm

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I'm a vegan. Loads of fruit and veg here! If you don't count soy based products that are refined (like soy yoghurt) and grains. I'd say I'm still about 50% actual fresh fruit and veg, if not more.

I'd be interested to read where you found this (not disputing it, just curious!) Any chance you could put up a link?

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 3:46 PM

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I eat 4 standard servings of each, which add up to 320 calories and represent about 20% of my daily intake, and this figure does not include potatoes. These are considered "good carbs" (total carbs = 50% of my diet).

To 3:46...I've heard the above statistic before and can't direct you to the source. Apparently most of our "vegetables" are potatoes and ketchup (hello, that's a condiment, not a vegetable!!). I'm sure tomato sauce on pizza makes it into the Top 5 list too.

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 6:13 PM

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I'm a veggie, tho not a vegan, and i generally eat 5-6 cups of fruit and veggies per day. About half of my veggies are steamed, the rest are raw or salads.

I rarely eat potatoes of any kind, tho I absolutely love baked sweet potato "fries."

Friday, February 09, 2007, 1:45 PM

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