Health Watch — Eating Better: Poor Nutrition

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In the United States, one of our problems is that we eat too much. The majority of the population is either overweight or obese, but that doesn’t mean we’re getting proper nutrition. A recent government study found that only about 5 percent of Americans get enough vitamin E and most don’t get enough magnesium, fiber or calcium. Nearly 40 percent of Americans don’t get enough vitamin A, and a third don’t get enough vitamin C.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the study shows a disturbing trend of people making poor nutritional choices. These nutrients can all be helpful for fighting disease and maintaining health.

This week on Health Watch, we’ll look at how you can improve your nutritional choices so you get enough of these vital nutrients in your diet.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.


January 2008

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