Health Watch — Think Green! (Part 2)

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about green foods to add to your diet for variety and for extra nutrition. Spinach, lettuce and cabbage are well known, but there are some other leafy greens that pack a powerful nutritional punch.

Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale. It’s packed with compounds that are believed to lower the risk for breast, prostate, lung, cervical and other cancers. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says broccolini has as much vitamin C as orange juice. Kale is a kind of cabbage in which the leaves don’t form a head, and it’s great for the dieter because half a cup of cooked kale has only 20 calories. It’s an excellent source of fiber, vitamins K and C and beta carotene.

Next: Green foods you may think you don’t like but that you should give another try.

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April 2008

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