Health Watch: Fall super foods

Cindy Gates says,"While most fruits and vegetables are available year round they are much tastier and more nutritious in season. So Today we are going to talk about Fall produce, 75% of us do not get enough fruits and vegetables in. They can help prevent cancer, heart disease, and can help control our weight. Amazing fall super foods such as apples, pumpkins, squash, and pears are very healthy for us. So does and apple a day really keep the Dr. away? Clear back in 1886 there was a proverb about an apple a day keep the Dr. away, while we still need to go to the doctor its true if we eat more fruits and vegetables that may help prevent going to the doctor as often. Apples are heart healthy because of the fiber, an apple with skin has 4 grams of fiber, an apple without skin has 3, applesauce has 1, and apple juice has none. Pears are sweet and juicy and are also high in fiber a pear may have 6 or 7 grams of fiber per serving, and pears are great when cooked or poached it brings out a totally different flavor. Pumpkins and squash, pumpkins are actually a member of the squash family. So the pumpkin and squash family is very high in vitamin A, and very high in fiber. A good rule of thumb is the dark the vegetable the healthier it is for you. So a sweet potato is healthier than a white potato. I'm Cindy Gates Dietician with Regional Health."