Health Watch - Resolutions: Veggies

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some New Year’s resolutions you might make, and how to keep them. One good resolution to make is to eat more fruits and vegetables. The American Cancer Society recommends that you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But that can be a challenge at this time of year when fresh produce isn’t plentiful.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can augment the fresh produce you find in season with canned or frozen fruits and vegetables. Frozen fruits and vegetables are generally nearly as nutritious as fresh because they’re picked and frozen at the height of freshness, and some canned fruits and vegetables are even more nutritious than fresh. Just be sure that you’re not getting added sugar, salt or fat, so read the ingredient label.

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

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December 2008

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