Fall "phyto" foods

November 12, 2008 2:28:58 PM PST
Julie Jones, a board certified and licensed nutritionist, as well as a professor of nutrition at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota was a guest on ABC 7 News Sunday morning. She shared some recipes using fall foods that really pack a nutritional punch without bruising your pocketbook. Phytochemicals, also known as phytonutrients, are essentially the chemicals in plants (apart from vitamins, minerals and macronutrients) that have a beneficial effect on the body. Phytochemicals support your immune system, heart and digestive health.

Julie's Fall Phyto-Friendly Foods and Tips

  • Choose foods that are phyto-friendly. These are foods that contain important phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber, plus many other nutrients
  • Pumpkins - contain phytochemicals, carotenoids, such as beta-carotene; excellent source of Vitamin A, good source of Vitamin C
  • Walnuts -Omega 3s (a beneficial fat), phytochemicals and Vitamin E
  • Apples - contain phytochemicals, including flavonols, excellent source of fiber
  • Raisins - contain phytochemicals, potassium and antioxidants, along with fiber and insulin, which promote a healthy heart and digestive system

These same foods are budget-friendly, too. Each is in-season and can be easily obtained. Take these phyto-friendly foods and create something unique and delicious this Thanksgiving by trying these recipes found at loveyourraisins.com


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