KUSA - When it comes to healthy fruits and vegetables we usually think of summertime. But fall foods can fit this bill as well and in some instances be even healthier for you than produce normally seen at other times. With fall harvest you usually think of pumpkins and squash, both of which are great foods for your health. But there are many others as well.
Pumpkin is very traditional this time of the year. It's a great Halloween decoration and pumpkin pies are an ongoing Thanksgiving meal staple. The great news is that pumpkin is a wonderful source of vitamin A and fiber. Its color comes from its abundance or carotenoids. When you're carving your pumpkin for Halloween this year don't throw out the seeds. They make one great and healthy snack for.
Sweet potatoes are also found easily this time of the year. And most families have some type of traditional dish to go along with their turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. They contain large amounts of minerals and more fiber and vitamin A than white potatoes. They also have more vitamin c and fewer calories per serving.
And talk about a super food.
Pomegranates are showing up in grocery stores right now. This heavily seeded fruit is packed full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. A study out of UCLA also found that drinking an 8 ounce glass of pomegranate juice daily helped keep PSA levels stable in men treated for prostate cancer. UCLA scientists also found that pomegranate juice contained more antioxidants that eight other drinks including acai juice and even red wine.
You probably don't hear much about the ole' rutabaga but you should. Or you should at least try to include it in your fall diet. That's because this root, a cross between a turnip and cabbage, is a great source of fiber and vitamin C and is in abundance this time of the year. They also contain potassium and as an added bonus are fat free. Often called the "Swedish Turnip", the rutabaga does grow all year long but is in its prime during the fall.
So the next time you're at the grocery store looking for healthy foods for your family don't forget the fall fruits and vegetables. Loading up on these will help you load up on vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your family needs to keep healthy.
For even more fall foods to try check out CNN's "15 best superfoods for fall" http://on9news.tv/19wz5A8.
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