Fall Foods for Health

Healthful, seasonal foods you might not know about.

Eating your veggies may be the best way to stave off heart disease, a new study finds. (CBS/The Early Show)

When you think about fall foods, you might picture a big Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings. But there are some other healthy and tasty fall foods that are lower in calories and full of health benefits.

Apples really do keep the doctor away. They are an excellent source of the antioxidant Vitamin C. And what fall plate would be complete without squash. One cup of baked acorn squash has 90 calories with seven grams of fiber.

Other peak vegetables include cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.

Also, eating seasonal foods, especially from your local farmer’s market, can help reduce greenhouse gasses. That’s because they’re often grown locally and don’t have to be transported long distances.

Eating a healthy diet complete with fruits like grapes or other vegetables may protect against certain cancers. Plus, they’re great on salads or as a fun, easy snack!

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