Q: "Is it possible to eat too many vegetables? I eat two large servings of salad each day. I try to have every colour represented, and include about 100 grams of light tuna and some avocado or nuts. Am I eating too much salad?"
Stephanie, via email
A: HFG dietitian Bobbie Crothers replies:
“It would be very difficult to eat too many vegetables! The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends 5+ serves of vegetables a day, with a typical sample serve of vegetables being 75g or ½ cup of cooked vegetables, or 1 cup salad vegetables. Adding some lean protein, like the tuna in your salad, and some good fats, with the nuts and avocado, provides other essential nutrients, and you’ll feel satisfied after your meal too – so these are good additions to your plate.
You raised another good point when you mentioned choosing different-coloured vegetables for your salad. It’s important to choose a wide variety of vegetables each week to ensure you get a broad range of nutrients, so make sure you’re trying different vegies and don’t have the same ones every day. Otherwise, it sounds like you’re doing great – just make sure you aren’t replacing other important foods in your diet with vegetables. You still need to eat the right amount of foods from other food groups – it’s all about balance.”