Health Watch - Fruits and Veggies: Juices

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about improving your diet by taking advantage of summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Exposing children to a variety of foods can help them develop healthy eating patterns that will stay with them for life. But what if you’re an adult who never learned to like vegetables?

Even if you don’t like vegetables, you still need the nutrients they provide. Consider vegetable juices as an alternative to fresh vegetables. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says vegetable juices contain many of the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables. For instance, tomato juice and vegetable juices made with tomatoes are full of lycopene, a nutrient believed to help reduce the risk of heart attacks. But look for low-sodium varieties, as tomato and vegetable juices can be very high in sodium. 

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May 2011

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