Fall Into Nutrition: 3 Fall Foods That Pack a Powerful Health Punch by Dr. Reuben Chen

5 months ago

Fall Into Nutrition: 3 Fall Foods That Pack a Powerful Health Punch

Everyone loves a pumpkin spice latte. But what exactly are the health benefits to autumn’s fruits and vegetables

Here's the skinny on what foods you need in your diet for a perfect fall health kick!

1. Pumpkin Isn’t Just for Lattes

A rich source of many vitamins, including vitamins A (over 200 percent the recommended daily intake!), C and E, as well as minerals potassium and iron. That makes pumpkin good for your vision, heart and immune system. Pumpkin is also high in fiber and an excellent prebiotic. At only 50 calories per cup, it’s a highly nutritious and filling snack. Remember to keep the seeds. Pumpkin seeds help to reduce certain types of cancer, lower blood pressure and high blood sugar, and improve sleep. (Try this refreshing pumpkin salsa recipe!)

2. Double Up the Orange With Persimmons

Persimmons are rich in vitamins A and C, as well as lycopene, an anti-inflammatory compound that helps to protect against cancer. This vibrant fruit also contains flavonoids, which help to keep your heart healthy, and tannic acid, which help to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol. As a bonus, persimmons are high in potassium and electrolytes, which can give you an energy boost. (Try this spiced persimmon smoothie recipe!)

3. Rhubarb, Pie on the Side

Not often a staple of people’s diets, this is an edible stalk that is packed with vitamin K1, a critical nutrient in bone health and blood clotting. Rhubarb is also rich in anthocyanins, an antioxidant that has positive effects on blood vessels and blood pressure, as well as helping to protect against cancer. Skip the sweet and try a savory dish, such as adding rhubarb to a spinach salad, your favorite vegetable stew or tomato soup. (Try Chef Gale Gand's rhubarb compote recipe!)

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Donna John
We had a persimmon bush in our backyard growing up. I don't remember my mom ever cooking with them, though. We would eat them right off the bush. Really good. Just make sure to let them fully ripen before eating. I've never cooked with rhubarb, but definitely will try it soon.
Elisa Schmitz
Great suggestions for staying healthy this fall. Many thanks for the insights, Dr. Reuben Chen !
Pumpkin salsa is so good and healthy too.
Vita Haus Supplements
Your morning corn flakes, oatmeal and granola bars pack a healthy punch, as do walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachio nuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts. From cranberries and apples to pumpkin and winter squash, these seasonal favorites serve up a bounty of benefits.

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