University of Illinois Extension

Archives for June 2013

June 27, 2013

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up at WDCB interviews Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the University of Illinois. Richard and Laura discuss the role of fruits and vegetables in USDA's "MY PLATE" nutrition program. On a typical 9 inch dinner plate, half of the portions should be fruits and vegetables. The other portions should focus on whole grains, calcium rich foods and a portion of protein. The My Plate is a lot easier to visualize that the former food pyramid model since we fill a plate 2 -3 times a day. Getting those fruits and vegetables should be really easy during the summer months with all the locally grown fruits and vegetables available from area growers and the neighborhood farmer markets.

 
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June 20, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel talks with Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator about the value fruits and vegetables provide by supplying antioxidants for our bodies good health. The common ones we hear about are beta carotene, ascorbic acid, folic acid and vitamin E. These antioxidants neutralize the harmful oxidants in our blood and bodies and can help in the repair of damaged cells. These antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables we eat every day. Our fruit and vegetable plants naturally contain these as part of their own system to help them remain healthy too.

 
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June 13, 2013

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side up talks with Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator in the Studio about the importance of eating a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits. Each color imparts different health benefits to our bodies. Laura discusses what we get from the green, red, Orange and yellow and white vegetables and fruits. Vitamin C is really important since it is not stored in the body and needs to be replaced regularly through diet. C is also responsible for aiding in the absorption of iron, key to building good blood.

 
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June 6, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel interviews Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator about eating plant based foods for a better daily and family diet. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and also important is consuming all the different colors of fruits and vegetables. Richard and Laura also talk about the "Mediterranean" diet that really promotes whole grains, legumes and nuts along with the fruits and vegetables.

 
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