Fruits and Vegetables: Power Foods

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about eating more fruits and vegetables. We’ve talked about how you and your kids need at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and exposing kids to this variety of nutritious food at an early age can help them develop lifelong healthy habits. But which fruits and vegetables should you choose?

Cindy Cunningham, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says color is the key. Red, orange and green vegetables are the most nutrient-dense. Look for tomatoes and berries, carrots and cantaloupe, and broccoli and greens. Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals — disease-fighting compounds found only in fruits and vegetables — and these chemicals are what give the foods their color. You can lower your risk for a number of diseases just by eating more fruits and vegetables.

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July 2007

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