Studies show that only slightly more than 25% of American adults eat their vegetables. While this may not be surprising, it should be concerning. It is recommended that adults in the U.S. eat between 1.5 and 2 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. By eating the suggested amount of produce each day, you can reduce your risk of some chronic health conditions.
When selecting fruits and vegetables, it’s important to choose what’s in season. So what fruits and vegetables should you be looking for during fall? Below are a few foods that peak during the fall season.
Known to reduce, or even prevent, the development of asthma and various forms of disease, pears are rich in antioxidants and can help prevent inflammation. They are an excellent source of fiber and come in at only 100 calories for an average-sized fruit.
While many people remember Brussels sprouts as “that green veggie Mom made you eat,” they are actually a great source of fiber, folate and vitamin C. They are known for keeping your immune system healthy, fighting inflammation.
One of the best sources of vitamin C is kiwi, offering more vitamin C than an orange. This tiny fruit is also known to lower the amount of stress hormones in your body and to boost your immune system. Additionally, eating kiwi with the skin on can provide more antioxidants than eating it skinless.
Fall wouldn’t feel the same without pumpkin. Aside from being delicious in pies, coffee and other fall favorites, pumpkin is also full of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. Their seeds are also a great way to get protein, iron, B vitamins, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
At only 36 calories per cup, kale is often called a super food. That same cup also packs vitamin A, vitamin C and more than 1,000% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K. The nutrients may help lower your risk of certain types of disease.
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