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Kent W. Peterson, M.D., FACOEM
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Charlottesville, Virginia 22903-4491
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Last updated: February 17, 2009

Sumner's Health Tips

By Sumner Brown, MEd

The color in foods can often be a useful guideline for choosing the healthiest fruits and vegetables. For example, red is an indicator of beta-carotene, a source of Vitamin A. This will help you realize that red peppers are healthier than green, pink grapefruit healthier than white and winter squash more healthful than summer.

If you’re low on iron, simply cooking in an iron pot may take care of the problem.

Drinking cranberry juice can actually help prevent urinary tract infections. Be careful though. Most of the cranberry juice drinks in an average supermarket have very little real cranberry juice.

Choose cereals with no fewer than 3 grams of fiber per serving. 5 or 6 grams is even better.
A diet high in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products is as effective as medication for reducing moderate hypertension.

Uncontrolled diabetes increases the development of cavities and gum disease.