Fall, Food, Phytochemicals!

A glimpse into what I picked in my garden today!

According to the world of retail Fall is here! On September first the magical retail fairies sprinkled their magical Fall fairy dust everywhere and even the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks! (woohoo!) While it isn’t exactly fall just yet, I’m not complaining. I love everything about fall, but mostly the colors and the food! Fall is a time for foods that you can’t even get shipped in all flavorless during the off-season, so it is a precious time.

The best thing about Fall is phytochemicals!

You might be thinking that was a weird statement, but really, you should be excited. I work at a hospital (NOT A DOCTOR, or anything medical for that matter. Just plain old administration.) so the fragility of life is really prominent everyday. This is why I want to take the time in my blog to talk about being healthy. Not because of any diets or making yourself “bathing suit ready,” but because it would be great if we could do simple things to help us avoid suffering from disease or illness.
Anyway back to those Fall phytochemicals! They are wonderful and highly plentiful in the Fall harvest. They are a major aid in preventing disease and promoting overall health. You can tell you are getting them by finding those dark and bright colors in foods like spinach and all the amazing Autumn gourds.
Here is a list I condensed from the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Plant Source

Possible Benefits

Red, orange and green fruits and vegetables including broccoli, carrots, cooked tomatoes, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, winter squash, apricots, cantaloupe, oranges and watermelon May inhibit cancer cell growth, work as antioxidants and improve immune response
Apples, citrus fruits, onions, soybeans and soy products May inhibit inflammation and tumor growth; may aid immunity and boost production of detoxifying enzymes in the body
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts) May induce detoxification of carcinogens, limit production of cancer-related hormones, block carcinogens and prevent tumor growth
Bran from corn, oats, rice, rye and wheat, nuts, soybeans and soy products May retard cell growth and work as antioxidant
Soybeans and soy products May inhibit tumor growth, limit production of cancer-related hormones and generally work as antioxidant
Green tea, grapes, wine, berries, citrus fruits, apples, whole grains and peanuts May prevent cancer formation, prevent inflammation and work as antioxidants
Cherries, citrus fruit peel, rosemary May protect cells from becoming cancerous, slow cancer cell growth, strengthen immune function, limit production of cancer-related hormones, fight viruses, work as antioxidants