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Experts Recommend Eating "Winter Whites"

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Health experts recommend that adults eat about two cups of fruit and up to three cups of vegetables each day. Often we're encouraged to reach for ones that are rich and deep in color.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Health experts recommend that adults eat about two cups of fruit and up to three cups of vegetables each day. Often we're encouraged to reach for ones that are rich and deep in color.

The winter months offer other produce options that may not be as flashy, but are still good for our health. They're called " winter whites" - fruits and vegetables that are pale in color are packed with healthy nutrients. Veggies such as white potatoes, cauliflower, turnips, onions, garlic and even parsnips, which look a lot like a white carrot.

Marisa Moore, a registered dietitian says winter white vegetables offer vitamins and nutrients but they also have some compounds in them that help to fight cancer, fight heart disease as well as keep your blood pressure in check, as well as cholesterol levels.

Though potatoes often get a bad rap, it's what we put on them, not the vegetable itself that's an issue. Moore says white potatoes are virtually fat free and are a good source of vitamin 'c" and potassium.

She says garlic contains a compound that has been shown to reduce the risk for prostate and stomach cancer. And onions have nutrients that help with digestion.
When it comes to winter white fruits, top of the list are the pale flesh fruits such as apples and pears.




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