Microwave ovens are convenient and safe and can cook vegetables in a small amount of water to preserve their nutritional value, similar to steaming, registered dietitian Ellie Krieger writes. Foam trays, plastic bags or takeout containers can melt and leach into foods during microwaving, so it's important to use microwave-safe plastic containers or glass instead, Krieger writes.
The rapper Easy A.D. has a vegetable-focused song as part of the Hip Hop Public Health program, which seeks to teach children about healthy eating. Rappers work with nutritionists and physicians, and the program gets help from an advisory board of fifth-grade students who help keep the content fresh.
A study published in Diabetes Care found a correlation between greater consumption of fruits and vegetables and a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study, examining 3,704 participants over 11 years, also found that people who ate more vegetables and a greater variety of fruits and vegetables had less risk.
Vegetables have moved from a supporting role into the spotlight as farmers grow more colorful varieties and chefs get more creative in response to demand for healthier options. A new report identifies several hot veggie trends, including using vegetables to create savory baked goods and adding sea vegetables for a dash of umami flavor to dishes.
To get the most nutrients from fruits and vegetables, buy the freshest produce from local vendors, chose products in season and shop just a few days ahead of when you plan to serve them, registered dietitian Jane Harrison says. She also says the outer skins of many vegetables are nutrient rich and that steaming is the best way to cook vegetables to ensure maximum nutrition.