Taste of Summer

If your city is like mine, fruit and vegetable stands and farmers markets are popping up all over the place, many advertising local and/or organic produce. Not only do these vendors offer food fresh from the field, they often carry items not usually found in the produce section of grocery stores. One vendor near our house sells giant cashews along with other raw nuts and seeds plus local honey.

Here are just a few of the many, many reasons to eat fresh fruits and vegetables:

–   Cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, bok choy and other cruciferous-family veggies fight cancer. “The compounds in cruciferous vegetables have been shown to keep cancers from forming, as well as to slow the growth of tumors that are already present.” (Dr. Julia Greer, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine quoted by Dawn Klingensmith (CTW Features) in a March edition of Living Healthy)

–  Klingensmith also writes that “Berries are bursting with compounds that can slow the growth and metabolism of cancerous cells.” Bilberries and blueberries improve eyesight—as do grapes, tomatoes, melon, broccoli, dark leafy greens and carrots. (Pamela Allardice, The Australian Women’s Weekly/http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=789818)

–  Citrus fruits, tomatoes, grapes, leafy greens, garlic and onions protect our bodies against cancer plus aid our immune systems and provide anti-aging benefits.

Enjoy summer and all the tasty, healthy benefits of the fresh fruits and vegetables available to us during the growing season! Becky

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