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Would ALL of the following foods be a good source of fruits

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Would ALL of the following foods be a good source of fruits and vegetables?

apples
pears
oranges
bananas
grapes
beans (such as pinto beans, ranch style beans, baked beans, and such)
spinach
mashed potatoes
corn
Campbell's Soup (Vegetable Beef Soup)
V-8 Juice
Orange Juice
Green Giant TV dinners
Green Giant canned foods
Hello,

Thank you for your question,

In healthy planning of diet more stress should be given in taking fruits & vegetables, as you are thinking.

These are good.

But more stress needs to be given to whole fruit than juice or canned ones.

Those provide fibers, often have less calories & can be taken in plenty.

They are also good sources of vitamins & minerals.

A simple way to see whether you are taking enough fruits & vegetables is included in this link.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Why5ADAY.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/5aday.aspx

You can use those links for planning your diet.

This link is also good for food planning.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/sampmenu.htm

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

Best wishes.
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