Health Watch - Summer Foods: Green Eating

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If you’re trying to eat a more nutritious diet, summer is a great time to start because so many fruits and vegetables are in season. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about the foods of the season. One nice thing about enjoying summer’s bounty is that when you do so, you may also be helping the environment.

Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern say buying locally grown produce means your food will be fresher and more nutrient-dense, as it doesn’t lose nutrients during transportation. Meanwhile, when you buy locally produced foods, the food doesn’t have to travel as far, so there’s less pollution and fewer resources used. Plan a family outing to a farmer’s market to buy a variety of the fruits and vegetables that are in season. That’s a good way to help kids become interested in foods that are good for them.

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

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August 2009


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