Apples Packing in quite a bit of soluble fiber for a modest amount of calories makes apples a filling, sweet snack.
• According to a study, eating apples can lower the risk of developing lung cancer and breast cancer. The pectin in apples also lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.
Asparagus is a nutrient-dense food. High in Folic Acid. A good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin. It is also Fat Free, contains No Cholesterol and is low in Sodium. Get more asparagus facts and storage info here.
Strawberries - MayStrawberries contain a lot of vitamin C and are also relatively high in fiber. Considering that antioxidant-rich berries have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, it’s a good idea to include free-radical fighting berries in your diet. Get more strawberry facts, selection and storage info here.
Sour Cherries - JuneDespite their primary purpose of being great ingredients for jams and pies, we find that tart cherries are now becoming a part of many health drinks and diets. Tart cherries help reduce inflammation and inhibit tumor growth; improve blood flow, heart and brain health, and lowers blood pressure.
Sweet Cherries - JuneSweet cherries are a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Studies have shown that anthocyanins in cherries act like anti-inflammatory agents. They are also good source of minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Get more sweet cherry facts and storage info here.
Blueberries offer Vitamin C, and manganese which plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into energy. Get more blueberry information here.
Apricots - JulyApricots are those beautifully orange colored fruits full of beta-carotene and fiber that are one of the first signs of summer. Apricots contain vitamin A that promote good vision.
Nectarines - JulyNectarines are very similar to a peach, without the fuzz and can be used in much of the same way. Nectarines are low in fat, cholesterol & sodium. They are a good source of fiber, vitamins A&C, niacin and potassium.
Plums - JulyDelicious, fleshy, succulent plums are low in calories and contain no saturated fats; but contain numerous health promoting compounds, minerals and vitamins.
Vitamin C, which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation and scavenge harmful free radicals.
Potassium, fluoride and iron. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Sweet Corn - JulyCorn is seldom considered in the U.S. as a unique source of health benefits. Yet that's exactly what research results are telling us...
Corn is a good source of vitamin C as well as the mineral manganese and fiber. Consumption of corn in ordinary amounts of 1-2 cups has been shown to be associated with better blood sugar control in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Peaches - AugustA peach is extremely rich in vitamin A and potassium, apart from abounding in a number of other nutrients, making them rank very high in nutritional value and good for the health of an individual.
Peaches help make the skin healthy and also add color to the complexion.
Pumpkins-FallIt is one of the vegetables which is very low calories; provides just 26 cal per 100 g and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is rich a source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. Recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs. Pumpkin seeds are good source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids which are good for heart health. In addition, they are very good in protein, minerals and many health benefiting vitamins.
Turnips -FallTurnips add a great zip to dishes. They are great for mashing or adding to stews and soups.
Pears-FallPears contain a fair amount of vitamins A, C, K, B2, B3, and B6.
Pears also contain boron, which our bodies need in order to retain calcium, so this fruit can also be linked to osteoporosis prevention.
A recent study at Cornell University found that the skin on pears protects against Alzheimer’s disease. So don't peel your pears!