Health Watch -- Food: An Early Start

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about food. We know that for better health we should eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and eat less fat. Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say it's important to start these habits early in life.

Dr. Abhimanyu Garg, a nutrition scholar in UT Southwestern's Center for Human Nutrition, says it's essential to teach children about good nutrition so they can carry the healthy habits with them for life. Adults have generally already formed their food preferences, but if you introduce a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods to children, you might be able to make a life-long impression. Children who learn to make good food choices are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults.

Next: How to choose the best fruits and vegetables.


March 2006

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