The Fall season is great for exploring food choices. With seasonal holidays like Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas, it is easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon while creating the perfect holiday dish. Here are some fun facts to consider before you prep your next meal.
In a recent article on WebMD, it is noted that scientists define fruit as the part of a plant that develops from a flower and has seeds. It means that bell peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins are considered fruits. Did you also know that one green pepper contains 176 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C? Red and yellow peppers can double that number. A citrus fruit, like the orange, contains just 75 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. Sweet peppers are also rich sources of vitamin B6 and folate.
Bananas are berries because it is a fruit that develops from a single flower and a single ovary (the female part of a flower). In a similar fashion, grapes and kiwis are also berries. Bananas are rich in potassium and the arthritis-fighting vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin C. They are also a source of soluble fiber, which helps you lose weight by making you feel full without adding calories.
Since avocados have seeds, they are considered fruits. Avocados contain unsaturated fats that can help reduce the risk of clogged arteries and lowers cholesterol. The fruit can also help your body absorb nutrients in other produce, like tomatoes.
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, and potassium. Potassium is a key ingredient to strengthening your muscles and controlling blood pressure. Adding sweet potatoes to your diet can help you enhance your general health.
Steaming your broccoli can help lower your cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in all cells of the body. It helps structure cell walls, makes up digestive bile acids in the intestine, allows the body to produce vitamin D, and enables the body to make certain hormones. When cholesterol levels are high, it can lead to coronary heart disease and cause heart attacks. People living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) should be aware that their chance of having a heart attack within the first 10 years of their diagnosis doubles. Some RA treatment also increases the risk of heart disease.
Figs are a good source of calcium. Calcium has been shown to decrease bone loss and risk of fracture. A cup of dried figs has the same amount of calcium as a cup of milk. They are also a good source of fiber. Be mindful that they do contain a lot of sugar and calories though.