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Squashing the myth of humdrum winter veggies

Squashing the myth of humdrum winter veggies

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest post is from Ellen Loreck.

With the recent release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, vegetables retain their superstar status. Eating a veggie-centered meal pattern is recommended to reduce the risk of diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. The guidelines recommend that we eat at least 2 and a half cups of vegetables per day. Packing in the vegetables in the summertime is easy: Sweet corn on the cob, ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, grilled summer squash and zucchini are...