From pea-patch zucchini to Farmers’ Market peaches, summer’s bounty contains nutrients that may help prevent some chronic diseases. To reap the benefits, plate up these palate pleasers:
|Summer favorites||Nutrients||Might protect against …|
|Berries||Fiber, flavanoids||Parkinson’s disease|
|Cantaloupe||Fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium||Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure|
|Cherries||Antioxidants, beta carotene, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin C||Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke|
|Corn||Antioxidants, fiber||Heart disease, stroke|
|Plums||Antioxidants, fiber||Heart disease, stroke|
|Strawberries||Antioxidants, fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin C||Age-related cognitive decline, heart disease, high blood pressure|
|Tomatoes||Fiber, potassium, Vitamins A and C||High blood pressure, heart disease|
Because research has linked a high-fiber diet to lower rates of some cancers, make this the summer you really fruit and veg out!
Get motivated, get healthy
Rush Oak Park Hospital’s community wellness program offers fitness classes and health lectures on a variety of topics, including nutrition. Check out our calendar to see if there’s an upcoming event that’s right for you.