The Summer Palate: Fresh and Healthful

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.