Health Watch — Think Green! (Part 5)
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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about trying new green foods to add variety and nutrition to your diet. Mexican cuisine offers us a couple of green foods you may not be familiar with.
Nopales, or cactus pads, are good for people who are managing diabetes or high blood pressure. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says they’re low in calories and sodium but high in fiber. They’re also a good source of calcium and potassium.
Tomatillos look like green tomatoes covered with a paper-like leaf and are often used to make salsa verde. They can be eaten raw but are even more flavorful when they’re cooked. Tomatillos are a good source of vitamin C and potassium.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, remember to take another look at the green foods in the produce section.
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