Our expert says:
Dear Veggie Lover
While vegetables are excellent foods (bursting with protective vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrient and dietary fibre), any food when eaten in excess has the potential to cause weight gain. In the case of vegetables most of them are low in energy (lettuce, cucumber, sweet peppers, tomatoes, the entire cabbage family, watercress, etc), but the more starchy ones like potatoes and sweet potatoes and corn on the cob if eaten by the plateful and if eaten with fatty sauces, mayonnaise, salad dressings and butter/margarine may cause weight gain. Eat these foods in moderation (1/2 cup is a serving) and don't add the high-fat dressings. For low-energy vegetables 1 cup is regarded as a serving. Fruit varies from half a banana to 1 cup of strawberries, depending on the energy content of the fruit.
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