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Nutrition News: Eating Well Is Key

Charlyn Fargo on

Avocados, rich in potassium and fiber, are a good source of monounsaturated fats, which help lower blood pressure and help with cholesterol levels.

The bottom line? You can help your heart by building your diet with the right foods.

Q and A

Q: Are nightshade vegetables, such as potatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra and tomatoes, bad for you?

A: I don't think any vegetable can be considered "bad." In fact, all vegetables are good for you. The negative rap that nightshade vegetables get is because they contain compounds called solanines, which can cause delirium and hallucinations in very high concentrations. In addition, there is a widespread idea that solanines cause inflammation and can therefore affect conditions such as arthritis and psoriasis. But there's no research or evidence to support that. All vegetables are rich in nutrients and fiber, both of which support good health. We want vegetables to make up a large portion at every meal. Choose a wide variety of vegetables, and include them at each meal.

RECIPE

 

Pork tenderloin has always been my favorite cut of pork. It's lean, low in calories, flavorful and no-waste. Here's a recipe from Eating Well magazine that combines pork tenderloin and green beans in a stir-fry.

PORK & GREEN BEANS STIR-FRY

Servings: 4 (1 1/2 cups each)

1/4 cup apricot jam

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