People have been eating seasonally since the beginning of time – there was no other choice. We usually find that ‘in-season’ foods taste much better, cost less, and are readily available. It has also been found that these 8 fall foods contain a greater quantity of nutrients than when you purchase the same food out-of-season.
Top 8 Fall Foods That Contain an Array of Nutrients and Benefits
- Pears – try the Bartlett variety which contains a great source of vitamin C, fiber, and copper. Additional benefit: people who ate a diet high in white-fleshed fruits like pears or apples had a 52%(!) lower risk of stroke, according to an American Heart Association study.
- Apples – try Fuji apples that are at their peak in October and at their best for 1-2 months. The majority of an apple’s antioxidant potential is located in the peel. So, eat the whole apple and enjoy a lower risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.
- Persimmons – these are the national fruit of Japan and contain a rich blend of vitamins A, C, B-complex, fiber, copper, and manganese. They’re also a great source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
- Pumpkins – not only are they fun to carve, but serve as a great source of vitamin A, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, riboflavin, copper, manganese, vitamins E, B vitamins, folate, iron, and phosphorus. Don’t forget to save the seeds which can benefit both the immune system and prostate.
- Sweet potatoes – their vibrant, bright orange hue can be owed to its high content of the carotenoid beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can help ward off free-radicals, thereby, lowering your risk of cancer, heart disease, and boost your immune system.
- Grapefruit – besides its deliciously sweet, and slightly tart taste, it boasts a resume with a strong level of vitamin C and also pantothenic acid, copper, vitamin A, fiber, potassium, biotin, and vitamin B1. Grapefruit also contains lycopene which is a strong antioxidant with research supporting its role in decreasing stroke risk and having anti-cancer potential.
- Cauliflower – contains a sulfur compound called sulforaphane that has been shown to kill cancer stem cells resulting in slower tumor growth. Eating this gorgeous veggie will give you a boost in vitamin C, vitamin k, beta-carotene, and much more while supporting digestion and detoxification.
- Brussels Sprout – many turn their nose at this little green gem, but please reconsider! They contain glucosinolates that activate cancer-fighting enzymes with research focusing on ovarian and colon cancers. It has even been found that they may trigger pre-cancerous cells to commit suicide while also having strong anti-inflammatory activity. Let’s not forget they provide a good dose of vitamins C and K, fiber, manganese, potassium, choline, and B vitamins.
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