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The health benefits of fall food staples

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As the weather begins to change, it is important to start incorporating fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables into our diets. Fall colors of orange and red are known to have significant health benefits like vitamin A and antioxidants.  These foods are also showcased in many of our DeliverLean meals!

Carrots: Carrots are famous for their beta-carotene content, a substance that is converted into vitamin A in the liver.  Vitamin A is needed by the retina of the eye to function; it also protects the eye from macular degeneration and the development of senile cataracts.

Squash: Rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants and fiber, this fruit is a filling, heart-friendly choice. The orange hue of Butternut Squash indicates it’s most relevant health perk – carotenoids, which are identified as deterrents against breast cancer and age-related macular degeneration.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain twice as much fiber as any other potato, with 7 grams per serving. Sweet potatoes are also high in vitamin B6 which promotes heart health and potassium and assists in lowering blood pressure. Most notably, sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, or vitamin A. Just one sweet potato will provide your body with the complete recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.

Pomegranate: Pomegranate is said to have three times more health benefits than green tea and red wine. Some of the important nutrient components that can be obtained from this fruit are potassium, vitamin A, B vitamins like niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) and folic acid (B9). Other vitamins found in pomegranates include vitamin C, vitamin E and iron.  In addition, the seeds contain enough fiber that can help you in suppressing your appetite..