Isn’t summer a wonderful season? Hiking, golfing, swimming, barbeques, parties and celebrations. Who couldn’t love any of these things? Not only can we all get out into the sunshine and do activities, we can also stroll down the street to a local farmers market and have an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from. It is like a child in a candy shop! But if you had to be picky and choose, what are the top 5 healthiest foods to pick out for your table? In the article ‘The 5 Healthiest Summer Fruits & Vegetables’, Margaret Wertheim gives 5 great examples and explains why they are so healthy for you.
Did you know that a medium banana can have up to 14 grams of sugar? To compare raspberries and bananas, raspberries have very little sugar for a fruit. For 1 cup of raspberries, it only has 5 grams of sugar. In that same 1 cup serving, raspberries are also rich in 8 grams of fiber, along with vitamin C and high in antioxidants. That vitamin C helps to support the immune system.
Collard Greens have quite a lot of important nutrients. It has vitamins A and C, and also calcium. It also contains an important phytonutrient that balances estrogen levels and can help prevent breast cancer. This phytonutrient is known as indole-3-carbinol.
These popular summer fruits are a great source of potassium and what is known as beta-carotene. Having beta-carotene in your diet can help to prevent lung cancer.
Red Bell Peppers
Just as with peaches, red bell peppers contain beta-carotene. It also contains high levels of vitamin C. With only 1 cup of red bell peppers, the body is given more than double the daily requirements of vitamin C.
Tomatoes are at their best when they are homegrown or even those at the farmers markets. They are picked at the peak of their ripeness when the nutrient and antioxidant content is at their maximum levels. This summer, try adding some fresh tomatoes to salads and include them as toppings for barbeques.
Summarized by: Colbi Judd
Margaret Wertheim: The 5 Healthiest Summer Fruits & Vegetables. www.mindbodygreen.com