With summer over for another year, you may find yourself eating fewer fruits and vegetables. At least that's what research has discovered. But research has also found that people who eat fruits and vegetables throughout the year have a lower risk for diseases like heart disease and cancer.
Were heading into Floridas fall growing season. And there are a number of vegetables coming into season that pack a whole lot of healthy benefits. Heres a few to consider:
They're loaded with vitamins and minerals, and healthy fats that have been shown to protect against heart disease. They're also great on salads, sandwiches, and mashed into a delicious guacamole.
Cabbage is more than just an ingredient for coleslaw. Its crunchy texture makes it a perfect addition to salads, or even on top of a taco instead of lettuce. Best of all, its loaded with chemicals that are part of our body's natural detoxification system that helps to fight certain cancers.
One of the more popular vegetables (ok, they really are a fruit), tomatoes are a powerhouse of nutrition. They're rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, and a great source of potassium. And we've learned from the Mediterranean diet, they're very heart-healthy.
This vegetable isn't just orange anymore. Now, it comes in a rainbow of colors. But that doesn't change the fact that carrots are loaded with vitamins and fiber. In fact, one medium carrot provides 6% of your daily vitamin C needs. This helps your body to better absorb iron and supports a healthier immune system.
To help you get into the spirit of autumn, try this tasty recipe developed by our very own Chef Edwin.