Friday, November 7, 2008

Speaking out for Vegetables

Fauquier Health nutritionist Aren Dodge is a strong proponent of eating smart. That includes a wide variety of vegetables.
There are a lot of good reasons to eat up all your veggies -- and reach for more. A quick perusing of easy-to-find Web sites, including one from the Tufts University School of Medicine, shows that there is a plethora of evidence that vegetables can be good for your health in dozens of ways.

-- "Tufts nutrition experts find that the vitamin folate – found in a variety of foods including vegetables and cereals – may help ease depression and prevent memory loss."

-- "Cutting edge research at Tufts uncovers the anti-aging powers of blueberries and other dark-colored fruits and vegetables, signaling the growing importance of a colorful diet."

-- "Vitamin K, found in the likes of spinach and kale, is crucial to maintaining good bone health."

And here's a surprising study out of California that gives hope to parents everywhere:
-- "Contrary to popular belief, a new study released by First 5 California found that parents don't need to sneak fruits and vegetables into their children's meals -- kids say they actually like them! Interviews with more than 100 preschoolers across California revealed that kids not only know it's important to eat fruits and vegetables, they frequently prefer them to candy.

"The research found the common belief that it's an uphill battle to get young kids to eat healthy foods like broccoli or carrots is false," said Kris Perry, executive director of state agency First 5 California. "We were thrilled to see preschoolers express real enthusiasm for a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as healthy drinks like milk."

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