Health Watch — Eating Better: Packaged Foods

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how you can improve your diet to include more vital nutrients. Although the majority of the adult population in the United States is overweight, most people aren’t getting enough nutrition in their diets.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says one reason for this is that Americans eat too many pre-prepared packaged foods that are loaded with trans fats and refined flours. That keeps us from eating foods such as vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, whole grains and wheat germ, which are all good sources of vitamin E. That’s the vitamin that’s essential for heart health – and the one that 95 percent of Americans don’t get enough of. Snacking on nuts instead of potato chips or crackers will help you meet your vitamin E needs, and nutrition experts recommend eating at least three servings a day of whole grains.

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January 2008

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