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Vegetable Food Group

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     challenging words:    starchy, maintain, gums, wounds, serving, cauliflower, potassium, vitamin, group, vegetable, broccoli, such, leafy, food, against, equal


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Vegetable Food Group
By Meg Leonard
  

1     Foods in the vegetable food group help your body in many ways. Any vegetable or juice made from 100% vegetable juice is included in the vegetable food group. Vegetables can be eaten raw or cooked. They can be whole, cut-up, or mashed. They can be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried. Girls ages nine to thirteen should eat 2 cups of vegetables each day. Boys of the same age should eat 2 1/2 cups each day. One cup of raw or cooked vegetables or one cup of vegetable juice is considered a one-cup serving. Two cups of raw, leafy greens, such as lettuce or spinach, are equal to a one-cup serving of vegetables.
 
2     Vegetables are divided into five different subgroups. One group is the dark green vegetable group, such as broccoli, spinach, or romaine lettuce. A second group is the red and orange vegetable group, such as tomatoes, carrots, and squash. A third group is the starchy vegetable group, such as corn, green peas, and white potatoes. A fourth group is the beans and peas group, which includes black beans, split peas, and soybeans. The foods in this group are special because these vegetables are also a source of protein. Foods from this subgroup can be counted as either vegetables or protein foods. The fifth group includes all the vegetables not included in the other four groups and is called "other vegetables." Vegetables in this group include artichokes, cauliflower, and green beans.
 
3     Eating a variety of vegetables helps your body in many ways. Potassium may .....
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