What are some ways to find a vegetable's nutritional information?


Quick Answer

Frozen, canned and other packaged vegetables have a nutritional label on the package. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides a downloadable poster with nutritional values for the most common vegetables and fruits. It encourages grocery stores to print and post the information in their produce departments, but consumers can also view and print the poster at the FDA website.

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Vegetables offer many nutritional benefits; most are low in fat and calories but provide large amounts of fiber and nutrients. Fiber keeps people feeling full without extra calories. It also helps to keep the digestive system healthy. Vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals. Potatoes, spinach and tomato products provide potassium, which helps to regulate the blood pressure.

If incorporating enough vegetables into the diet is a problem, buying vegetables in season, when they are at the peak of their flavor, sometimes helps. Frozen vegetables offer easy to prepare food that cooks quickly in the microwave. Bag salads offer an easy way to incorporate more leafy greens into the menu. While dips add more calories and fat, they can also make vegetables more appealing, especially to children. Incorporate vegetables into main courses by adding shredded carrots or zucchini into meatloaf and muffins, choosing a veggie pizza or adding chopped vegetables to spaghetti sauce.

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