Fruit vs. Vegetable: What is the difference?

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Difference between Fruit and Vegetable

Fruits and vegetables are both healthy for you and your body. They are both plants consumed in the same form that they are harvested directly from the Earth, but are different. One of the two has seeds and is the soft part of a plant while the other is seedless and is the hard part of a plant or the leafy part. The vegetable is the one that is either the hard part of the plant like the root of the beet or even the leaves of a plant like spinach. Then you have the buds of flowers which are cauliflower and broccoli. Fruits on the other hand are the soft part of the plant, usually sweet or bitter. These foods also tend to have seeds like the kiwi, mango and orange.



Fruits and vegetables have a very different texture from one another and for some; the texture makes all the difference. Cauliflower and broccoli have a very hard texture that is almost unbearable if eaten raw. Fruits on the other hand have usually a very soft, squishy and sometimes tough peel texture while others just have a crisp hard texture like apples. Fruits and vegetables can complement a meal with its texture and taste.


Both fruits and vegetables have sugar in them but some have more than others. Fruits on one hand are great for you, packed full of vitamins like oranges and cranberries, but they also come with a lot of naturally occurring fruit sugar. Fruits have more sugar than vegetables and some by a very large amount. Let’s use an orange for example; one cup of oranges sliced, has 17 grams of sugar. One whole potato has between 1 – 3 grams of sugar; one cup of broccoli chopped has only 2 grams of sugar. Vegetables are packed with vitamins and nutrients without all of the extra sugar. The conventional wisdom is that no one ever got fat by eating fruits and vegetables, however, those with conditions like diabetes must be careful of their fruit intake due to their body’s possible reaction to the fruit sugars.


Nutritionally vegetables are better for your body and digestive system then fruits are. Veggies also have less sugar and less calories than fruit. Fruits aren't terrible however. They do have more sugar than vegetables by a long shot but cranberries in particular are wonderful for women and men due to properties which stabilize the intestines, bladder and uterus. If you are a woman with a urine infection or problem and can’t get to the doctor in the next day, drink cranberry juice to help flush it out and relieve some pain. It is a great antioxidant and does help with women issues. Both also provide much needed fiber to the body which in turn aids in waste elimination.


  • Both fruits and vegetables have nutritional benefits ranging from lowering blood sugar to vitamins and minerals.
  • Fruits have more sugar but some can help with light health problems and contain plenty of antioxidants for a strong body and mind like cranberries, grapes and blueberries.
  • Vegetables are lower in sugar, contain vitamins and some may help with bowel movements. Just be careful because some people get gas from broccoli.
  • Fruits have seeds and are part of the soft section of a plant while vegetables are hard from the roots or the leaves like spinach. 


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