Health Benefits of Fall Fruits and Vegetables

Fall Veggies
Fall fruits and vegetables you should indulge in this season.

What do apples, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, and Swiss chard all have in common? They are all fall fruits and vegetables.

Did you know that these fall fruits and vegetables are jam-packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals?

Here’s a breakdown of some health benefits these four fall fruits and vegetables, all available at Whole Foods Addison, provide.

Apples

Out of all fall fruits and vegetables, apples are probably the most popular. There are about 25 species and thousands of varieties of apples on our planet, making it the most commonly cultivated tree fruit, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Take a bite of a sweet—or tart—apple and you’re getting much more than savory satisfaction.

Here are three health benefits of the ever-present apple:

  • With about 4 grams of fiber per medium apple, these crunchy delights will help keep you full and aid digestion.
  • Eating a medium apple every day might help keep the doctor away. Apples provide about 14 percent of the daily value of immune-enhancing vitamin C.
  • New studies and research have concluded that apples can help fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, according to Best Health Magazine.

Brussels Sprouts

These mini cabbages may have originated in Belgium, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. This flavorful veggie can be roasted, boiled, sautéed, or even deep-fried (a favorite method in Texas).

Here are three health benefits these cute vegetables provide:

  • Brussels sprouts are high in fiber, packing over 15 percent of the recommended daily value. Fiber helps lower cholesterol by binding with bile acids, according to healthdiaries.com.
  • You’ll ingest a healthy dose of antioxidants with a serving of Brussels sprouts. Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral manganese are all present in this tiny package.
  • Cancer-fighting agents in Brussels sprouts are known as isothiocyanates, which encourage the removal of potential carcinogens from the body, according to livestrong.com.

Cucumbers

Of all the fall fruits and vegetables on this list, the cucumber is most often misclassified. Often referred to as a “super food,” cucumbers most likely originated in northern India are actually classified as fruits, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. This low-calorie, non-vegetable is not only tasty, but it’s good for you, too.

Here are three health benefits of cucumbers:

  • A half cup of sliced cucumbers provides more than 10 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, which is essential for blood coagulation.
  • Cucumbers are about 90 to 96 percent water, this high water content helps keep you hydrated and flush out toxins.
  • Several studies have shown that cucumbers can help reduce your risk of cancer. Cucumbers contain phenolic compounds, which can help fight cancer, according to The Journal of Nutrition.

Swiss Chard

You’ve seen this leafy green at the grocery store, but do you opt for spinach instead of chard? Although this crisp green is actually an edible leaf beet, it varies slightly from its similar-looking cousin. Both spinach and chard provide essential nutrients, but why not try something new?

Here are three health benefits of Swiss Chard:

  • Swiss chard is a great source of carotenoids, which help eye health and reduce the risk of cataracts.
  • One cup of chard provides more than 300 percent of the daily value of vitamin K, which helps prevent heart disease and builds strong bones.
  • You’ll get some immune-boosting vitamin C when you eat Swiss chard. Chard has a little more vitamin C than spinach, providing 10 to 13 percent of the recommended daily dose per cup.

Now that you know some benefits fall fruits and vegetables provide, we hope you savor the tastes and rewards of the season.

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