September is my favorite month of seasonal fruits and vegetables. It just comes with so many nutrient rich and flavorful foods that I look forward to cooking with all year. Today, I want to talk about some of the September produce I love to indulge in and their health benefits.
Apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, which protect the body from harmful free molecules that cause damage. The antioxidants in apples my help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Apples also contain great dietary fiber to keep the bodily systems working smoothly.
Squash are rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and magnesium that boost one’s immune system. Squash also can help with inflammation. The anti-inflammatory activity of squash is due to the existence of omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and beta-carotene within squash.
Carrots have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, which could ultimately reduce the chances of heart disease. Carrots are also rich in potassium. Potassium has the ability as a vasodilator to reduce the tension in your blood vessels and arteries to increase blood flow and circulation, boosting organ function within your body.
Pumpkin is a low calorie produce that is very rich in vitamins and minerals. Some of which are potassium that has a positive effect on blood pressure, antioxidants that prevent degenerative damage to the eyes, and Beta-carotene that reduces the chances of cancer.
Although this was just a short list of the many September produces, there are so much more like blackberries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, grapes, kale, melons, tomatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini that all come with amazing health benefits. What I love most about the September seasonal fruit and veggies is that a lot of the items are on our BCCA grocery list to help prevent breast cancer!