Thursday, September 29, 2011

Produce at it's Peak!

It's always best to eat fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and are in season. Crops are definitely more bountiful during their natural harvest time. If don't have your own garden, purchasing produce at it's natural harvest time will save you quite a bit of money. Regardless of money, the ultimate reason to eat produce at it's natural harvest time is because it tastes so much richer. The sooner the crop is picked the better it will taste!

Below is a list of some crops that are currently in season in most regions.

Apples- the nutrients found in apples can help manage diabetes, lower cholesterol and prevent several diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, and asthma. The skin of the apple contains quercetin, an antioxidant that has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and inhibit tumor growth. Additionally, apple skin contains insoluble fiber, and the fruit's flesh contains pectin, a soluble fiber.

Cucumbers- Cucumbers contain potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. Their skin contains silica, which helps strengthen the body's connective tissue.

Grapes- If you've been following my blog y'all know the benefits of grapes! :) If you missed it just go back a couple posts and read up:) You can also freeze grapes and eat them for a fun snack.

Pears- Pears contain a very high amount of vitamin K, vitamin C, copper and fiber.Pears have also been shown to reduce kidney inflammation and colitis.

Peppers- Contain very high levels of vitamins K, C and A. Red peppers contain the most and are also good sources of lycopene, which studies show may be linked to preventing cancer. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which help prevent ulcers and lower cholesterol.

Raspberries- Raspberries contain several flavonoids called anthocyanins, believed to have antimicrobial properties, which can help prevent yeast and fungal infections and aid with irritable bowel syndrome.

Tomatoes- Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C and contain a powerful antioxidant that may play a big role in preventing heart disease and cancer.

Sweet corn- Sweet corn has a great antioxidant that's produced when it's cooked and can also be helpful in fighting heart disease and cancer. Corn is also a good source of vitamins B1, B5, C, folate and fiber.

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