Nutritionists often tout the benefits of eating seasonal foods to minimize pesticides, pollutants and other preservation process nasties. Below, they share their top superfoods for summer. These 3 powerhouses can support your immunity, help weight loss, and fill your body with the nutrients it needs for better health.
These tiny fruits are nutrient-dense, meaning you get less calories and more nutrients. One cup of blueberries has four grams of fiber and nearly 25 percent of your RDI of vitamin C. Plus, their high fiber content helps flush out toxins from your body and keeps your bowels regular, both of which help lower inflammation.
2. Red Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are filled with nutrients that help your body in many great ways. One of them being its most valuable nutrient, vitamin C, which is destroyed in the cooking process, so it best to eat them raw. And surprisingly, red bell peppers have even more vitamin C than oranges. Which is great, because it is a vital nutrient for building and maintaining a good immune system.
Blackberries are a perfect summer food. They contain fiber which helps you feel fuller—leading to easier weight loss. And studies show that they might also help lower your LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. In a study reported in Scientific Reports, participants who regularly ate berries had less bad cholesterol levels, versus those who did not regularly eat berries.