Health Watch — Think Green! (Part 1)

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We hear a lot these days about how important it is to think green. But green isn’t just good for the environment — it can be good for your body as well. Green-colored foods are rich in nutrients. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some green foods you can try and how you can add a little more green to your diet.

Eating green doesn’t mean you have to eat like a rabbit — it’s not all lettuce and cabbage. Avocados are a good non-leafy green food. Dr. Vickie Vaclavik, a nutrition expert at
UT Southwestern Medical Center, says avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, which can help lower cholesterol. They’re also a good source of vitamin E and lutein, an antioxidant that may help eye health. Add avocado to a salad, or use mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise on a sandwich.

Next: Some leafy greens you may not have tried.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about
UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition. 


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April 2008

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