Health Watch - Eating Green: Environmental Awareness

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about eating green for better nutrition. But there’s another meaning to “green” eating – thinking about how what you eat affects the environment.

Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center say there are a number of ways you can eat green to keep the planet and yourself healthier. One thing is to buy locally grown produce as often as possible. You can find it at farmers’ markets and even in supermarkets. Produce that doesn’t have to travel may be fresher and more nutrient-dense. Avoid packaged or processed foods, which not only require more resources but also usually contain fat, salt and additives. Occasionally replacing beef with chicken or eggs will reduce your carbon footprint.

Grass-fed beef is another lower-carbon option. Only buy and cook what you need so you don’t waste food. If you have leftovers, use them for other meals. You can make soup, pizza, stews or pasta dishes out of leftover meat and vegetables.


March 2011

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