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A varied diet, rich in vegetables and fruits, is the foundation of optimum health. By incorporating all the colors of the rainbow on your plate, you add ideal sources of health-protective vitamins and phytonutrients to your healthy lifestyle. The following fruits and vegetables are in season during fall in North America – add them to your meals today!
1. Apples. Nothing says fall more than apple picking, an autumn tradition in North America. Apples are an easily portable source of nutrients that may indeed “keep the doctor away” if eaten daily: They are a good source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, and provide vitamin C, which helps support healthy immune function. With all the varieties of apples available today, take the time to sample several to find the ones you will enjoy most.
2. Lima Beans. Also called butter beans, lima beans are an excellent source of soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and promote stable glucose levels. They also provide insoluble fiber – good for people with constipation and gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. In addition to quality protein, they contain folate and magnesium – two essential micronutrients important to heart health.
3. Onions. Onions should be a staple in every kitchen, and not just because of the wonderful flavor they add to foods. They are also just plain good for you: allicin, a phytonutrient found in most varieties of onions, may contribute to its health benefits, including lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure. Onions are also an excellent source of chromium, vitamin C, folate and dietary fiber.