Flavonoids – A Benefit of Eating Fall Vegetables
With the warm temperatures we have been experiencing in Green Bay, gardens continue to produce a variety of vegetables. These colorful vegetables can add flavor, color and health benefits to our diets. One health benefit is flavonoids.
In some studies, intake of foods rich in flavonoids has been associated with a decreased risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, asthma, and stroke. Flavonoids are also believed to boost the immune system, promote longevity and protect brain health.
What foods provide flavonoids? Flavonoids are found in almost all plants, including herbs, fruits, vegetables, legumes, red wine, tea and chocolate. Some fall favorites include apples, winter squash, grapes, nuts, grains and berries (aronia berry or cranberry).
How can I get more flavonoids in my diet?
• Eat a diet rich in a variety of whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables.
• Try new recipes featuring a variety of vegetables.
• Roasting vegetables is a great way to eat a colorful variety of vegetables.
• Don’t overcook vegetables and use a minimal amount of water to the pan.