What exactly is a superfood?
“Fruits and vegetables are protective for health as they help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and some cancers. They are also low in calories, which helps prevent obesity,” said Isabel Maples, RDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. While the term “superfood” doesn’t have an exact definition, Maples says dietitians would say it means nutritious — and many fall foods fit that description. You could also think of these foods as functional, she says, which means there is science behind the fact that they are better for your body and provide vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.” In addition, if the foods you eat are flavorful and satisfying, chances are you will eat less and also consume fewer calories,” she adds. And that’s the key to shedding pounds.
Check out this list of fall weight loss superfoods so you know where to turn if you want a satisfying dish with new flavors, low in calories and high in nutrients. And check out this list to discover the seasonal fruits and vegetables for each month of the year.
This staple of fall fruit gets a good reputation for a reason: it contains high amounts of fiber, the nutrient that makes you feel full and aids in healthy digestion. You’ll also get antioxidants and a compound called quercetin that fights cancer cells, Maples says.