ANCHOR LEAD: Do you know how much of your plate should be fruits and vegetables? This May marks the 20th anniversary of National Salad Month, and Brian Osuch has an easy solution to getting your daily recommended nutrients. (:60)
SCRIPT: Lifestyles, I'm Brian Osuch. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated its food guide pyramid. And Registered Dietician and Nutritionist, Ruth Carey says since May is National Salad Month, it's the perfect time to eat your vegetables.
CUT: (Carey) The updated dietary guidelines for Americans suggests that we make half of our plates fruits and vegetables. A quarter of the plate lean protein, and a quarter of it to starch. And a great way to follow the guidelines is to make half of your plate salad.
SCRIPT: And how can you get more people to eat their vegetables?
CUT: (Carey) Well one way you can get more people to eat vegetables is to let them dip in a dressing. And also, the benefit of eating salad dressing with salad is that the oils in the dressing promote the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, like vitamins E and A, and they also promote the absorption of vital nutrients like lycopene from tomatoes and beta carotenes from carrots.
SCRIPT: For more, log onto dressings-dash-sauces-dot-org or salad-a-day-dot-org. That's Lifestyles from The Association for Dressings and Sauces.
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