Health Watch - Eating Habits: Fresh From the Freezer

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how you can develop better eating habits. You know that your diet should contain at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but that can be hard to achieve at this time of year when not a lot of produce is in season.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a clinical dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can meet your nutritional needs by augmenting fresh produce with frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are often just as nutritious as fresh produce because they’re processed at their peak. Just look out for added sugar and sodium. Read the ingredient labels and look for fruits without added sugar or syrup and vegetables without added butter, salt or cream sauces.

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February 2010

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