Health Watch - Summer Foods: Zucchini

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about summer foods. If you have a garden and you’ve planted even one zucchini plant, you’re probably drowning in zucchini. What does zucchini have to offer your diet?

Traditional summer vegetables such as summer squash, zucchini and cucumbers aren’t loaded with vitamins, but Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says they’re still an important part of the diet. They may be low in the vitamins that appear on food labels, but they’re good sources of zinc, potassium and folic acid, which are all essential nutrients. They’re also high in fiber and water, and they’re low in fat. That makes them good for people on a diet because they fill you up without adding too many calories. Just don’t batter and fry the squash, or you’ll lose those diet benefits.

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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