The Hidden Benefits of Fall Foods

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

You already know what foods to eat this time of year – apples, chestnuts, yams, and of course that turkey – but did you know what health benefits you’re reaping by eating in season? Here’s some of the highlights:

  • Apples: The high pectin content of apples can decrease cholesterol levels and help prevent colon cancer. Remember that old adage about “an apple a day”?
  • Yams & Sweet Potatoes: contain more beta-carotene than carrots and more fiber than oat bran. They’re also a rich source of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). DHEA is a hormone that your body later turns into estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone – all essential for fighting the effects of aging.
  • Pumpkin: in addition to other goodies like vitamin C and fiber, pumpkin contains a serious dose of magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral that your cells require to help your body produce energy, but most people don’t get enough of it due to two common dietary habits that leach magnesium from their bodies: using too much salt and eating too much dairy.
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