Not a veggie lover? You can tip your glass to better health

Can’t stomach a pile of spinach? Does the thought of steamed broccoli with a side of salsa make you cringe? What about freshly picked Brussels sprouts sautéed in a touch of olive oil?

For those who loathe vegetables, juice may be the best way to increase your intake without having to stare down an eggplant.

Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says juices contain many of the vitamins and minerals found naturally in vegetables.

“Both tomato juice and juices with tomatoes are full of lycopene, an antioxidant thought to reduce the risk of heart attacks,” she says. “The key is sticking to the low-sodium varieties.”

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about clinical services in nutrition at UT Southwestern.

Media Contact: Kristen Holland Shear

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