Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall Foods For Thought

Fall’s brilliant colors are in full bloom. With this season comes a variety of hearty fruits and vegetables that are great for your health, such as apples and pumpkins. While they may be great for Fall activities like bobbing for apples or carving pumpkins, Practitioners Dr. Helen Lee, DC and Dr. Melody Hart, ND point out the many health benefits of these two power foods.

Fresh fruits and vegetables will always provide the most nutrients and natural enzymes that the body can use more readily, so it is important to take advantage of the health benefits of apples and pumpkins while they are in season,” says Practitioner Dr. Helen Lee.

Here is a breakdown of the benefits of apples and pumpkins just in time for their peak season:

According to Dr. Lee, PUMPKINS contain the following benefits:

  • Provide vitamin C and E, iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium which support the health of organs such as kidneys, bladder & prostate
  • Contain both beta & alpha carotenoids –anti-oxidants that help prevent cell damage
    Supply lutein which supports healthy eyes

Beneficial To Health:

  • Aid in ridding the body of parasites and other unwelcomed digestive inhabitants
    Contain healthy essential fatty acid oils
  • High in protein- one ounce of seeds provides about seven grams

Easy Ways To Incorporate In Diet:

  • A handful of raw pumpkin seeds as a snack or mixed with trail mix, or on top of cereal
    Pumpkin seed butter spread on toast
  • Pumpkin pie/desserts/pancakes/waffles
  • Pumpkin baked or browned with spices in risotto, chili, rice, or spaghetti

According to Dr. Hart, APPLES are important in the diet for the following reasons:

Quintessential For Health:

  • Low in fat and calories
  • Enzyme-rich energy food which helps break down and digest other foods
    Reduce risk of colds and flu
  • Improve ability of intestinal muscles to move waste through and help lower cholesterol levels

Regulate Blood Sugar:

  • Help prevent hypoglycemia and diabetes
  • Keep blood glucose levels up to help feel full longer

Packed With Nutrients:

  • Pectin fiber binds and helps eliminate gut toxins, keeping the GI tract healthy and act as a natural stimulant (green apples contain more Pectin)
  • Great source of vitamin A carotenes for antioxidant activity, the flavonoid quercitin as well as vitamin C

Help Fight Disease:

  • Bone protection
  • Asthma relief
  • Alzheimer’s prevention
  • Cancer prevention (lung, breast, colon and liver cancers)
  • Diabetes management
  • Lower cholesterol

With Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is the perfect time to incorporate these foods in to your family’s diet to reap their healthy benefits and add a taste of Fall to every meal.

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