Health Watch - Eating Green: Colorful Food

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Around this time of year, we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by wearing green. This green focus is a good reminder to eat green, in many ways. That doesn’t just mean green beer! If you’ve got a lot of green on your dinner plate, that’s a good sign that you’re eating a healthy diet.

Colorful vegetables – including those that are dark green – are among the most nutritious, so the more colorful your diet, the better you’re probably eating. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the ideal “healthy plate” should consist of one-quarter lean protein, one-quarter high-fiber carbohydrates and one-half low-carbohydrate vegetables. Many of these low-carbohydrate vegetables are green, like broccoli, green beans and leafy greens like spinach, cabbage or kale. That means half of your plate should be green, even when it isn’t Saint Patrick’s Day.

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March 2011


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