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A. Getting the Most out of Fruits and Vegetables

Narrator: This is Science Today. By now we all know that consuming more fruits and vegetables can lower our risk of disease. But Cheryl Rock, an associate professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, says there's still some confusion about what's the best way to eat these foods.

Rock: A lot of times when I talk with groups, they think when I say fruits and vegetables, it means it has to be fresh, uncooked, organically grown.

Narrator: But Rock says even canned fruits and vegetables can be very nutritious. Fruit juices are another excellent source of vegetables and fruits.

Rock: But when a bottle says a hundred percent fruit juice, it may not necessarily be the best type of fruit juice. For example in the United States, a major constituent of a lot of juices, is apple juice, which isn't completely without value, but it's nowhere near as nutritious as an option like orange juice or tomato juice. So, you have to be a little bit savvy about what your choices might be.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.