Health Watch — Eating Better: What to Eat

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about adding more nutritious foods to your diet so you can be sure to get plenty of vital nutrients. The foods to look for are those that contain a variety of nutrients.

Here are some recommendations from Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center: Red, orange and yellow vegetables and fruits such as carrots, citrus fruits and tomatoes are great sources of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, magnesium and fiber. Dark, leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli are good sources of vitamin K, magnesium and fiber. Magnesium and fiber are also found in beans, nuts and seeds. Low-fat and fat-free dairy products are good sources of calcium and potassium. You can find vitamin E in vegetable oils, peanut butter, almonds and avocados. Aim for at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, three servings of whole grains and three servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy products.

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January 2008

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