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In broad terms, a fruit is a structure of a plant that contains its seeds.

The term has different meanings dependent on context. In non-technical usage, such as food preparation, fruit normally means the fleshy seed-associated structures of certain plants that are sweet and edible in the raw state, such as apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, juniper berries and bananas.

Seed-associated structures that do not fit these informal criteria are usually called by other names, such as vegetables, pods, nut, ears and cones.

Sweet fruit contains vitamins, minerals and fibre as vegetables do and is healthy in moderation. Sweet that has been selectively bred for high sugar content is less healthy than the tart wild fruits out ancestors ate. Experts on diet recommend about two portions of sweet fruit a day at most with the rest of ones vegetables not bred to be sweet. An occasional treat of fruit salad or other dish containing three or more sweet fruits should not be a problem.

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