Health Watch - Nutrition Month: Produce Options
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This week on Health Watch, we’re offering some nutrition tips in recognition of National Nutrition Month. You’ve probably heard that you should eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But what do you do when not a lot of fruits and vegetables are in season?
Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a clinical nutritionist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are a good alternative to fresh produce. Frozen fruits and vegetables may be just as nutritious as fresh because they’re preserved at the peak of freshness. Some canned fruits and vegetables may be even more nutritious than fresh because they’re concentrated. But be sure to read ingredient labels to make sure you’re not getting added sugar, salt or fat. Choose fruits packed without sugar or syrup and vegetables without added salt, butter or creamy sauces.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.
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