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What is Pact's policy on Potatoes/Prepared Foods/Juices/Corn/Legumes?

We do our best to let the community have the last word on Veggie Pact activity verification. We have observed some conflict within the Veggie Pact community as to whether potatoes, corn, legumes such as lentils or refried beans, prepared foods such as soups, sandwiches, juices, V8, coconut water and smoothies can be considered an accurate representation of a full healthy serving of fruit or vegetable. We recommend submitting these items at your own risk as they are often down voted for this reason. We've found that veggies/fruit submitted that look prepared to eat such as sliced fruit and veggies/fruit that has as much description as possible in the photo's caption does result in a higher success rate of being up voted. When in doubt go with fresh, raw fruits, veggies and greens as they have the highest rate of success! We are always working on ways to bolster the integrity and healthy living motivation of the Pact community. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and Twitter feed for announcements regarding Veggie Pact functionality!

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    Adrienne Jennings

    So a green smoothie is not fruit veggie serving? This is stupid.

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    Isabelle

    It is if you list the details of the ingredients in the caption or show the smoothie in its preparation stages!

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    Anna fox

    This REALLY doesn't clear up the potato issue though does it?

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    Debbi Hernandez

    To me it's a bit crazy that people are voting "not a fruit or vegetable" on a can of V8, when the can itself states 2 full servings of vegetables! I just wish there was a different option...mine was approved, but I had a friend that said hers wasn't! Not sure how a vegetable juice isn't a serving of vegetable!?

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    Isabelle

    Part of the core functionality of Veggie Pact is the community's votes are the metric for approval and rejection. This means there will be inconsistencies in approval and that there will be some items that are considered healthy by some and not healthy by others. This is part of the excitement of being a part of the community as we work towards a consensus for health!

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    Anna fox

    One of the major problems I've come across is simply the issue of where a person voting on photos is situated- as the site is predominantly US members, items that are considered to be starches over in the UK (ie potatoes) are voted up, whereas baked beans (which are one of your five recommended fruit & veg a day in the UK) are often voted down. A list of items on both sides of the fence to clarify would be appreciated from Pact hq.

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    Isabelle

    People from all over the world use Pact. That's one of the coolest things about using Veggie Pact is seeing what is considered healthy all over the world! Beans and potatoes are definitely a gray area item - submit at your own risk! The most consistently up voted items are strawberries, bananas, oranges, salad, carrots and kale!

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    Elizabeth

    @Debbi, IZZE sparkling juices (http://www.izze.com/products/) state on the bottle that they contain 2 servings of fruit per the USDA. But I absolutely would not expect it to be voted up. And I absolutely vote down V8 and bottled juices. Why? The spirit of Pact is to make healthy choices and in my opinion manufactured juices in no way shape or form fit into such. Fresh juices/smoothies where I can see the whole fruit/veg in the blender before being pureed or a glass of juice with the remnants of peels in front of the juicer -- absolutely an upvote. The garbage in cans and bottles are a definite downvote from me.

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    Isabelle

    Thanks for weighing in Elizabeth! We appreciate your opinion!

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    Susan

    I vote "no" only to V8 or other canned/bottled juices if I can't tell they have been opened. Show the bottle opened, or with it poured in a glass. Anyone can take a picture of a bottle or can.
    Potatoes for me with skin on are very nutritious. So are baked beans. Tofu is not a veggie! You can't grow tofu. It's a processed item and usually a substitute for protein.

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    Isabelle

    It's all in the presentation! That's key!

    Great points all around - can processed foods be considered healthy?

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    Ramona v

    I agree with Elizabeth. I look at it as; if you ate this item for breakfast lunch and dinner for a week, would your body be better off and healthy? Up vote. I also understand we're busy so a juice drink with actual fruit, ie bolthouse, naked,etc on occasion is a healthier option than a bag of chips. I need to see it opened and i want to see the ingredients best you can. how many actual fruit/veggie fibers can you find in a v8? None. Lastly same for oj, has to be fresh and not loaded with preservatives...show me ingredienta list.or Sorry down vote.

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    Lauri martin

    V8 is one of the least processed juices. If I can tell it's being consumed I'd vote it up. Just the bottle is a vote down. Store bought juices contain water and added sugar and flavor from concentrate, but none of the goodness and fibre of real fruit so I vote those down. Potatoes and corn, in the natural state I vote up, if they are processed I vote down. Fries don't count, but a baked potato does, etc. Coconut water main ingredient is water, again a vote down. I only upload 8 veggies/week, but I consume that many daily. Sadly there are those that abuse it for the 8-10 cents they get for each....

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    Light Yagami

    I don't count potatoes because they're not one of your 5 a day. Juice and legumes can count as one of your 5 a day but only once so I check if they've already submitted the same thing that day.

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    Isabelle

    Thank you all for weighing in!

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