True or False?
1. According to the new USDA-issued food pyramid everyone needs 3 cups of vegetables a day?
2. It takes 2 cups of raw leafy greens (i.e. spinach, romaine lettuce) to equal one cup of your daily vegetable requirement.
3. Eating tofu is a good way to get your veggie requirement?
4. Adding avocado slices to your sandwich will boost your vegetable quotient.
5. Onions add flavor to your pasta, but don't count as vegetables.
6. Only raw or cooked vegetables not frozen, canned or dried count as servings of vegetables.
7. A baked white potato is not a vegetable.
8. Which of the following salad toppings will give you the most servings of vegetables?
A. 1/2 large tomato, 1/2 cup of mushrooms
B. 1 large stalk of celery
C. 1/2 cup kidney beans, 1/2 cup broccoli
D. They are all equal
1. False. The amount of vegetables you need to eat depends on
your age, sex and level of physical activity. For example,
women ages 31 to 50 need 2 1/2 cups a day while men the
same age need 3.
2. True. One cup of raw greens only counts as a 1/2 cup of your
daily vegetable requirement.
3. True. Eight ounces of tofu counts as a cup of vegetables.
4. False. Avocados are fruit, not vegetables.
5. False. One cup of cooked onions (chopped) counts as a cup of
6. False. Vegetables may be raw or cooked, fresh, frozen, canned,
dried or dehydrated.
7. False. One medium baked potato is the equivalent of one serving
8. D. They are all equal.