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Seasonal superfoods for September
Eating fruit and vegetables is probably the simplest thing you can do for your health.
You are guaranteed to get the freshest produce, especially if it is grown in the UK. And if you can get it organic, even better! You'll skip on any pesticides or fertilizers that could have been used at harvesting stage.
To help you spruce up your lunch and dinner menus for September, we've included a list of fruit and veg that are prime for the picking this season. So add these to your shopping basket and enjoy the best food nature can offer this month.
Not only is munching on an apple the best way to stave off some sugar cravings, but they have plenty of heart health benefits too. Recent studies in the US have found that women and men who ate apples regularly as part of a balanced diet had the lowest risk of suffering from heart disease, compared to those who didn't eat the fruit. The antioxidant compound LDL cholesterol in the apples is said to inhibit inflammation so an apple a day really does keep the doctor away.
Some might shy away from corn on the cob thinking it's sweet taste might equate to calories, but in fact, it has the same amount of calories as an apple and less than a quarter of the sugar. It also has two phytochemicals - lutein and zeaxanthin - which promote healthy vision.
Aubergines or eggplants are packed full of antioxidants. A study in the journal Toxicology found that the antioxidant Nasunin found in aubergines helped prevent cellular damage in the brains of rats. This, combined with high levels of chlorogenic acid (which helps lower cholesterol) makes it a great addition to your next dinner.
Beetroot is great for any mums-to-be as it is packed with folic acid. This is crucial for the development of the baby's spinal cord during pregnancy and it's important that women have an abundance of it during and even before pregnancy. So if you're expecting a little one, stock up on some beetroot.
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