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Healthiest Fruits and Vegetables

Ranked by the density of 17 different nutrients including potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, and iron.
Last updated: June 29, 2014
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Score
Answer
100
Watercress
91.99
Chinese Cabbage
89.27
Chard
87.08
Beet Greens
86.43
Spinach
73.36
Chicory
70.73
Leaf Lettuce
65.59
Parsley
63.48
Romaine Lettuce
62.49
Collard Greens
62.12
Turnip Greens
61.39
Mustard Greens
60.44
Endive
54.80
Chives
Score
Answer
49.07
Kale
46.34
Dandelion Greens
41.26
Red Pepper
37.65
Arugula
34.89
Broccoli
33.82
Pumpkin
32.23
Brussels Sprout
27.35
Scallion
25.92
Kohlrabi
25.13
Cauliflower
24.51
Cabbage
22.60
Carrot
20.37
Tomato
18.72
Lemon
Score
Answer
18.28
Iceberg Lettuce
17.59
Strawberry
16.91
Radish
13.89
Winter Squash
12.91
Orange
12.23
Lime
11.64
Grapefruit (pink and red)
11.58
Rutabaga
11.43
Turnip
11.39
Blackberry
10.69
Leek
10.51
Sweet potato
10.47
Grapefruit (white)
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level 68
Jun 29, 2014
Strange that lettuce is more nutritious than apples, even if they don't count carbohydrates.
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level 68
Mar 27, 2015
Definitely varies by variety. Stay away from that iceberg lettuce.
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level 66
Dec 3, 2015
Iceberg lettuce 18.28 which is 19/41 ,,,,,,, pretty good score.
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level 59
Aug 21, 2018
Or you could stick to the leaf lettuce that isn't full of empty water like an iceberg. 4x as high.
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level 40
Aug 19, 2018
Iceberg lettuce has zero nutrition. Why is it even on the list?
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level 65
Aug 19, 2018
Do you have a reputable source to rival the CDC on that?
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level 50
Aug 19, 2018
Apples are very sugary.
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level 74
Aug 20, 2018
Good quiz, Kestrana. The study tallied the scores for specific disease-preventing nutrients, and not all fruits and veggies were included in the study. There was a cap on the amount of each nutrient that would be accepted in order to prevent something like blueberries from making the list which are super high in only one or two nutrients but low in all the others. In other words, if your body needs a certain amount of A, B, C, and D nutrients every day to fight disease, it is better to eat one food that has a good amount of all four, rather than one food which has extremely high amounts of only B, for example. This study identifies the foods which give a good amount of all of the disease-fighting nutrients, rather than the foods which are very high in only one or two. It might be something to consider, for example, when making a breakfast smoothie.
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level 48
Sep 28, 2018
No pomegranate either!!!
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level 74
Jun 29, 2014
hm... I guess an apple a day won't in fact keep the doctor away. And no bananas in spite of their high potassium content?
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level 74
Jun 29, 2014
and... dandelions?? Does somebody eat those? Interesting.
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level 50
Jun 29, 2014
Dandelion leaves are edible, and quite delicious.
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level 71
Jun 29, 2014
Dandelion leaves are used in salads, but can be steamed or sauteed as well and serve as a vegetable.
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level 66
May 19, 2016
I remember a 'Dandelion & Burdock' drink sold when I was a boy.
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level 74
Apr 6, 2018
I eat them raw in salads, and as part of my early spring cooked greens. I usually leave a couple of plants when weeding my garden. They're supposed to be good for kidney ailments as they increase urine production. Pick them when young, before they get bitter. I know people who make dandelion wine from the blossoms and the roots are supposed to be usable, too, but I've never tried them.
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level 54
Aug 20, 2018
My dad makes dandelion greens and they are really good.
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level 59
Aug 21, 2018
They're old school poor people food in Maine. Like anything, much better drenched in butter and salt though. Another old standby: fiddleheads, i.e., young fern shoots. Very, very green vegetable, dense mineral taste.
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level 70
Oct 20, 2015
Depends how accurate you are when you throw them
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level 74
Jul 20, 2016
Also, whoever told me to eat my asparagus because it was good for me has some serious explaining to do.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
I can't tell from the abstract whether they tested asparagus.
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level 43
Aug 19, 2018
Indeed. Well, a high potassium content is bad if you have severe chronic kidney disease
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
"For each, and for 4 items (apples, bananas, corn, and potatoes) described elsewhere as low-nutrient-dense (1), information was collected in February 2014 on amounts of the 17 nutrients and kilocalories per 100 g of food (9). " "Elsewhere" is a paywalled study so I can't get details. NOTE this does NOT mean apples bananas etc. are unhealthy, just that they are higher calorie (per study relevant nutrients) than the stuff on this quiz. If you are trying to minimize your calories intake, you are indeed better off eating leaves & stems than the parts of the plant designed for storing energy.
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level 71
Jun 29, 2014
Please also accept "kumara" for "sweet potato"
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level ∞
Jun 29, 2014
Yam and kumara will work now.
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level 21
Feb 9, 2017
Thanks! 😃
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level 74
Jun 30, 2014
Yams are a manly crop. No woman is fit to farm yams. That's what Ifejioku told me.
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level 50
Jul 2, 2014
Sexist.
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level 51
Jul 9, 2014
Don't worry. At least someone got the reference.
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level 58
Sep 14, 2016
Haha!
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level 36
Jan 3, 2017
THINGS FALL APART lol
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level 36
Jan 3, 2017
I don't give a "yam" about that book anymore.
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level 63
Aug 19, 2018
That brings back some memories of 11th grade English class.
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level 59
Aug 21, 2018
Well, gets them off the hook.
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level 43
Jun 29, 2014
Yeah in New Zealand they are only known as Kumara... It took me much longer than it should have to realise that it was the same thing as sweet potato. Kumara is a Maori word though, I wouldn't expect it to be accepted as an answer on an American quiz site
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level 64
Jun 29, 2014
Glad to know I don't need to spend time eating blueberries anymore, even though I'd read elsewhere they were rated the best fruit to eat. Actually, I guess I can skip most fruits and just concentrate on vegetables.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
These ratings are for amount of various nutrients per 100 kcal (so many fruits are lower ranked due to having high sugar content. That said, eating vegetables instead of fruits can be a good way to cut down on sugar in your diet depending on what else your eating. (Note: eating the fruit itself is still much better than drinking fruit juice when it comes to reducing sugar in your diet.) Some other comments point out that this study is looking at a variety of nutrients, whereas bluberries are known for being high in just a few specific nutrients. I can't speak to the accuracy of that comment but it might explain why blueberries didn't make the list.
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level 75
Jun 29, 2014
You should accept "Swiss chard" for Chard. I've never heard it called just chard. Must be a regional thing.
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level 74
Jun 29, 2014
Agree. When it didn't accept swiss chard I didn't try just chard. Silverbeet should also be accepted.
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level ∞
Jun 29, 2014
Swiss chard will work now.
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level 59
Aug 22, 2018
In New Zealand we call chard silverbeet. So good for you. I have masses of it in my garden and fridge at the moment.
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level 79
Jun 29, 2014
Swede for rutabaga (seconded), rocket for arugula. I am surprised not to see blueberries on the list, they are a superfood from what I know! (And I mean the wild ones, not the farmed ones.) Likewise acai berries and goji berries? It's hard to believe iceberg lettuce is so high on the list as well. And is parsley really a vegetable? Thought it was a herb and never eaten in quantities that would afford it to be named vegetable.
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level ∞
Jun 29, 2014
Rocket will work now.
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level 74
Jul 20, 2016
"super"foods are mostly super at duping Whole Foods shoppers out of their money.
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level 48
Aug 19, 2018
I work at a grocery store. Parsley can be found in the produce section with fruits and vegetables. So I guess it counts.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
I think parsley is usually just used as garnish/flavoring, but some people eat in nutritionally significant quantities... My dad is on a low carb diet, so for breakfast he chops up a large bunch of parsley and fries it with eggs. He buys parsley by the pound. But he is weird :P
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level 39
Jun 29, 2014
Had never heard of chicory, so I looked it up. My dictionary says it's the same thing as endive?
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level 74
Nov 16, 2016
Radicchio, sometimes called Italian chicory, is also in the same genus.
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level 35
Jun 29, 2014
Where is the apple?
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level 68
Jan 19, 2015
In my refrigerator
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
The study measured nutritional content per 100kcal, so higher calorie foods (including most fruits and more starchy vegetables) aren't high on their list. "apples, bananas, corn, and potatoes" are specifically described as "low nutrient density" in the study (though their source for this is behind a paywall). Note that this does NOT mean these four are unhealthy, just that you need to eat a larger/higher calories serving of (say) apples than (say) watercress to get the same amount of disease-preventing vitamins and nutrients. This is obvious to anyone who has eaten both apples and watercress, but its nice to have a study explicitly measuring the differences I guess.
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level 63
Jun 30, 2014
I always thought rutabaga and turnips were the same thing.
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level 48
Jul 1, 2014
I'm surprised that ice berg lettuce made the list. I always heard it was basically water and no nutritional value. And very surpised blueberries didn't make it.
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level 67
Jul 1, 2014
According to the study: Results Of 47 foods studied, all but 6 (raspberry, tangerine, cranberry, garlic, onion, and blueberry) satisfied the powerhouse criterion (Table 2). Nutrient density scores ranged from 10.47 to 122.68 (median score = 32.23) and were moderately correlated with powerhouse group (ρ = 0.49, P = .001). The classification scheme was robust with respect to nutrients protective against chronic disease (97% of foods classified as PFV were separately classified as such on the basis of 8 nutrients protective against cancer and heart disease). Blueberries are probably still great for you to eat but they don't help prevent disease which was the point of the study.
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level 42
Jul 8, 2014
A pig would eat everything on that list...therefore I vote to accept bacon.
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level 48
Feb 14, 2016
haha
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level 65
Aug 5, 2014
Oh...I missed the fruit part in the title....
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level 42
Oct 13, 2014
hello? an apple a day keeps the doctor away?
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level 67
Oct 14, 2014
Hi, based on the criteria of the study, apples did not qualify. You can view the source material linked at the top if you want more information.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
Apples have higher calorie density than most things on the list. (Probably mostly from sugar... note how fruits are mostly near the bottom of the rankings). Note that depending on your dietary needs/goals that might be a good thing, but this study was looking at the most calorie-efficient ways to get a variety of other nutrients.
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level 66
Oct 22, 2015
Please accept "sprouts" for "brussels sprout".
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level 53
Dec 3, 2015
Agreed.
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level 74
Nov 16, 2016
In my area, calling them just "sprouts" would totally confuse people. Here, sprouts refer to bean or alfalfa sprouts, used as a salad ingredient - not to Brussels sprouts.
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level 66
Dec 3, 2015
I'm surprised that Figs, Dates, Bananas and Durians did not make the list
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level 74
Jan 4, 2017
Read the study. It explains a lot. Some items, probably including blueberries, didn't make the list because they are extremely high in only one or two of the desired nutrients. The study capped the amount of each nutrient to prevent foods making the list which didn't score high in the total range. Also, this study was aimed specifically at those foods which would prevent chronic diseases. Green leafy, yellow/orange, and those with a broad range of nutrients were the preferred ones.
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level 73
Dec 3, 2015
Where is the asparagus? I love that stuff and everything I read tells me it is very healthy.
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level 66
May 19, 2016
That's true, I've never seen a sick Asparagus!
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level 74
Apr 6, 2018
Then you've never seen mine after an attack of asparagus beetles.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
The source study doesn't say whether they tested asparagus.
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level 61
Jan 26, 2016
Can you please accept some phonetic spellings of Kohlrabi? Like Kolorabi?
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level 40
Mar 8, 2016
only got 28 right. Some i haven't even heard of lol
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level 53
May 1, 2016
No Acai berry? No Goji berry? No apples
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level 40
Jul 13, 2016
What kind of nutritionists came up with this list? Why is iceberg lettuce on this list and not blueberries and avocados????? Very strange.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
The study is measuring nutrients per 100kcal, so calorie dense vegetables (such as those high in sugars like blueberries or fats like avocado) are ranked lower than lower calory things like most leafy things :P Also I'm pretty sure the study did not test avocados at all.
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level 68
Jan 3, 2017
I am also surprised that superfoods like blueberries and pomegranates don't make the list while iceberg lettuce does.
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level 67
Jan 3, 2017
While those "superfoods" might be good for weight and overall health, the study this quiz is based on was looking at what foods help prevent disease, especially food related disease like scurvy. So "keep your immune system healthiest" vs. "keep your body slimmest".
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level 57
Jan 3, 2017
Very surprised that there are no apples on this list. Isn't an apple a day supposed to keep the doctor away? :P
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level 47
May 31, 2017
Here in the South, collard greens are just greens. Please accept that!
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level 51
May 31, 2017
I don't know how "south" I am but here in TX we call them collard greens.
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level 74
Jun 7, 2018
In my part of the Upper South we eat so many different ones that we have to distinguish them - collard greens, mustard greens, poke greens, dandelion greens, turnip greens, komatsuna tendergreen, etc. (My favorite is tendergreen, but they're all good.)
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level 74
May 31, 2017
Hard to understand how no members of the bean family make this list - protein?
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level 74
Jun 7, 2018
And fiber, iron, folate, magnesium, potassium... but this study was looking for specific nutrients in specific groups for fighting diseases, and it definitely leaned toward green leafy and yellow/orange veggies and fruits.
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level 40
Aug 19, 2018
Only green beans are considered vegetables. Other beans - such as kidney beans, navy beans, pinto beans, etc., are actually in the meat/protein group.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
Pretty sure beans were not tested in the study. Also, beans are much more calorie-dense (lots of good starch and protein as you mention) so that would also rank them lower than all the leafy stuff on this quiz.
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level 58
May 31, 2017
What about wild blueberries? Far more anti-oxidants in them than in blackberries.
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level 66
Apr 6, 2018
Don't forget 'Really Angry Gooseberries'
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level 40
Aug 19, 2018
I was really surprised by this too. Blueberries are supposed to be a super food.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
This is looking at a variety of nutrients and dividing by calorie density. Bluberries are higher in sugar and aren't high in most of the nutrients they looked at -- both factors bring it down in this study's ranking. Note that this does not mean that blueberries are "unhealthy" (depending on what your health/diet goals are). Just that if you want to get the nutrients this study is looking at, you can do so more efficiently with the foods on this quiz.
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level 39
Aug 1, 2017
Please accept silverbeet for chard
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level 69
Jan 25, 2018
I'm surprised no one's noticed this, but this study was very limited, and was intended to be so. It was ONLY evaluating 6 types of fruits/vegetables: green leafy, yellow/orange, citrus, cruciferous, berries, and alliums – 47 all told. That leaves out a LOT of fruits and vegetables, and the author admits it: "Foods within particular groups were studied; thus, other nutrient-dense items may have been overlooked." The criteria was also admittedly limited: "Because it was not possible to include phytochemical data in the calculation of nutrient density scores, the scores do not reflect all of the constituents that may confer health benefits." (That's a HUGE caveat!) This is a single-author study (in a CDC-published journal, but NOT "endorsed" by them), by a sociologist. Now, she's well-published & the paper's been cited, but be clear: the mainstream media glommed onto it, and blew it up WAY beyond its original scope. These aren't "the healthiest fruits & vegetables" in any general sense.
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level 69
Jan 25, 2018
Kestrana, I wanted to make sure I added that I mean no offense toward you; I have nothing but mad respect for anyone who takes the time and effort to make awesome JetPunk quizzes, and I thank you for doing so! But I did see from some of your responses to other commenters that you too may have mistook some aspects of this study as well, for instance: 1) It wasn't a CDC study (bottom of page: "The opinions expressed by authors contributing to this journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions of […] the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]." 2) The absence of blueberries in this top 41 doesn't mean they don't help prevent disease (there's TONS of evidence that they do!), just that they don't test high enough for *these particular metrics* of disease prevention. I have experience with academic publishing and its frequent misuse, so I felt it was important to point these issues out.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
I want to second samiamco's comments about limits of the study and thanks to Kestrana. The quiz is very interesting but the title is misleading and I would appreciate better title or clarification in the quiz description.
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level 43
Aug 19, 2018
How do I upvote this comment?
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level 70
Aug 19, 2018
click the heart button next to the username of the commenter.
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level 31
Mar 17, 2018
Jute , Ice plant , Vegetable Fern , Rhubharb , Corn-On-The-Cob , Mash , Pea , Watermelon , Grape & , Can You Accept Potato For Sweet Potato. :):).... "Whats Leaf Lettuce". Ive Never Heard Of Leaf Lettuce. Can You Have Hamburg-Parsley. [Not Parsley....] . These Are Real XD. Did You Get All Of This Information From Wikipedia (Wiki). I Was Thinking Whats Scalian (I Still Don't Know What It is). Why Do YOU Accept Rocket For Arugula. First I Was Pepetually Typing Argula... {Next Time Search Better}. Can You Accept Parzley and Argula. Can You Accept Cabagge?? Check Out All Of Quizzes. Search My User Then Click On It Then You Go To World food Quiz If You See There are foods from all over like Moussaka , Spaghetti. :). Are You The 'moderator'. Is There Anything Called Honeydew Melon Great Quiz. I Took Unlimited Because I Only A Quarter of the answers. I tThink This is One My Favourite Quizzes XD. Quizmaster Almost Knows Everything He Knows Punctuation Like {} (Braces).
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level 74
Jun 7, 2018
QM is top of the pyramid for punctuation. His prowess for brackets and braces is legendary, but did you notice that he didn't make this quiz?
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level 26
Mar 31, 2018
First time I did this quiz, I didn't read the title properly and I only typed in vegetables. Surprisingly I did still get fifteen.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
This study was primarily examining "green leafy, yellow/orange, citrus, and cruciferous items " (notice that except for citrus those would all be vegetables). Also, fruits tend to be much sweeter, and this study was looking at nutrient density per 100kcal... so fruits' sugar content would put them lower in the rankings.
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level 26
Mar 31, 2018
I typed in 'cress' but it didn't count it. Could you fix this?
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level 74
Apr 6, 2018
Cress is garden cress, not watercress. They are in the same family, but not the same thing.
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level 28
May 10, 2018
surprised Garlic or ginger were not here.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
Ginger wasn't studied. Garlic ranked very low in the study, either because it's highly calorie dense or doesn't have high levels of the nutrients this study focused on.
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level 48
Jun 7, 2018
Can you change the title of this quiz to "Healthiest fruits, vegetables AND HERBS" please?
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level 26
Jun 7, 2018
WOW! I never new Watercress was the healthiest food you can get from plants.
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level 40
Aug 19, 2018
I know, right? I'm going to have to try some.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
Healthiest *in these specific nutrients* AND *per 100 kcalories*. Depending on your nutritional goals these may not be the healthiest for you. That said adding watercress to your diet probably won't hurt! And it's not bad as stringy, leafy foods go. :P
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level 40
Aug 19, 2018
Is garlic considered a vegetable? It certainly is healthy.
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
Yes, this study included garlic but it didn't score highly on their metrics. I'm not sure if that's because it's relatively calorie-dense (as for apples, potatoes, etc.) or just doesn't have high levels of the nutrients they looked at. Scoring low on this study does not mean it's unhealthy.
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level 65
Aug 19, 2018
Might I request a few more alternate spellings for rutabaga?
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level 35
Aug 19, 2018
well I'm telling off my netball coach for not allowing us to have oranges at half time because they are too unhealthy and making us have cucumbers instead what a bish
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
Note that these are looking at densities of specific nutrients *per 100 kcals*. I believe this study didn't look at cucumbers, and oranges were ranked lower due to their higher sugar content, which is probably a good thing for athletes.
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level 56
Aug 19, 2018
nice idea and thanks but couldnt it easily be called 'name a vegetable/fruit' on account of the fact you have included so many of them....be much more challenging if you restricted it to about the top 10-15?
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level 50
Aug 19, 2018
BANANAS AND ESPECIALLY DATES SHOULD BE THERE!!! I'm so surprised why Dates aren't on top. They are the best fruit in the whole world and have a cure for almost every disease. They have lots of those minerals e.g Potassium, Iron, Calcium etc. DATES SHOULD BE ON TOP!!!
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level 58
Aug 19, 2018
I think the source study didn't look at dates. Bananas are ranked lower because they are very starchy & sweet, so have lower nutrient content *PER CALORIE* than the quiz answers.
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level 70
Aug 19, 2018
Consider accepting just "iceberg" instead of needing to add lettuce? I tried that and then assumed it was incorrect.
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level 74
Aug 19, 2018
The source: "Foods within particular groups were studied; thus, other nutrient-dense items may have been overlooked." Thus, the study does *not* make the claim that these are "the healthiest fruits and vegetables."
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level 35
Aug 21, 2018
You mean to tell me that fruit and nut chocolate, fruit cake, haggis, black pudding,bacon,don't even make it to the top 20 ? Well ! i am taken aback.
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level 38
Aug 22, 2018
wtf is arugula? I typed rocket and it comes up with this? someone help me haha
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level 23
Aug 26, 2018
The only issue I have with this is that, apparently, the study only analyzed 47 fruits and vegetables. Therefore, a lot of fruits or veggies that can be super nutritious dont show in the list...
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