4 Seasonal Vegetables to Eat Now

Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 03:35 PM

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Four seasonal vegetables — pumpkin, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage — are among the most nutrient-rich choices on grocer produce shelves right now. A new report published on the LiveScience Website details why you should add them to your meals as cooler weather may bring cravings for more savory, filling meals.
 
Pumpkin: This traditional Halloween vegetable is a rich source of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. In fact, a single cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin delivers more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food has also suggested pumpkin can help control glucose levels and cut high blood pressure.

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Brussels sprouts: These savory cruciferous vegetables are loaded with manganese, fiber and B vitamins, including folate. Just one cup contains more than 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin C and nearly 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K.
 
Cabbage: The main ingredient in coleslaw and traditional Irish dishes is extremely high in antioxidants, and it's a great source of vitamin C.
 
Kale: This dark, leafy green is one of nature's true super foods. It's high in fiber, iron, and vitamins A and C. Kale has zero fat, and it's loaded with antioxidants.
 
Kale, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, may also help reduce cancer risk, according to recent scientific research.

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