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August brings heat waves and humid weather but also sweet and delicious fruits and vegetables.

Small grocers may offer fresh produce grown both locally and organically which provides an opportunity to eat food thoughtfully.

The concept of eating fresh and seasonal food shown to be a sustainable method that practices environmentally friendly approaches – Seasonal food guide

In addition, there are several other benefits for eating seasonal produces: 

  • Rich in flavor
  • Cost-efficient 
  • Better Nutrition 

What’s in Season:

1) Tomatoes

Beyond its significant role as an essential cooking ingredient, tomatoes are a good source of fiber and some vitamins and minerals. 

  • Vitamin C 
  • Potassium 
  • Folate

Also, an observational study suggested that people who regularly eat tomatoes have a reduced risk of cancer diseases. The authors believed that the antioxidant lycopene (carotenoid hydrocarbon), which found abundantly in tomatoes, has a direct role in fighting cancer. 

Another study hypothesized that lycopene might lower the risk of cancer (including prostate cancer) in people who have diets rich in lycopene.

2) Cauliflower

Like tomatoes, Cauliflower is a good source of dietary fibers and contains 100% of the daily recommended values of Vitamin C. 

Cauliflowers are also rich in antioxidants, can assist in hydration, and contain low on carbs values. 

3) Green Beans  

Green beans are an excellent source of protein, specifically for individuals who eat a vegan diet. Green beans

loaded with different vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and C. 

Studies examining the effect of plant-based diet such as green beans show to decrease the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. 

4) Peppers

Peppers can provide an adequate source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin E 
  •  Potassium
  • Folate 

5) Watermelon

Sweet and assist in hydrate – also contain vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Potassium.

Watermelon is rich with anti-inflammatory lycopene and vitamin C. 

6) Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe contains a good source of B vitamins, vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium., magnesium, copper, and fiber. 

Also, it contains a combination of beta-carotene and alpha-carotene,

which provides anti-inflammatory qualities to our bodies. 

7) Apples

There is an increase in evidence that apples can help prevent high blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels. 

Furthermore, apples are an excellent source of fiber.