Health Watch - Fruits and Veggies: Insignificant Veggies?

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about all the fruits and veggies that are in peak season during the summer. Vegetables are essential for a nutritious diet, but what about the vegetables that don’t appear to be packed with the major nutrients?

Common summer vegetables like zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers don’t contain a lot of the major nutrients like vitamins A and C. But Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says they’re still nutritionally important. These vegetables are good sources of other nutrients, including zinc, potassium and folic acid. They’re also high in water and fiber and low in fat. That makes them good for helping you lose weight because they fill you up without adding a lot of calories.       So, when your garden overflows with zucchini or when your neighbors share their surplus zucchini, make sure to add it to your menu.

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May 2011

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