Functional Foods in the Thanksgiving Meal
The Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to be loaded with artery-clogging fats or sugar-spiking carbs. Instead, focus on filling your plate with foods that have a functional benefit for your health – that’s something worth toasting! Here are the benefits of Turkey Day and how to get more ‘bang for your buck’ during this year’s feast.
Turkey: loaded with niacin, vitamin B6 & B12, iron, selenium and zinc. Turkey protects against heart disease, supports a healthy immune system and helps repair DNA.
Sweet Potato & Pumpkin: loaded with Alpha & Beta carotene, vitamins C & E, potassium, magnesium and rich in fiber. Sweet potato and pumpkin protect cells from free radical damage, protect skin and eyes from ultraviolet light and decrease risk for cancer and heart disease.
Cranberry: loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese and fiber. Cranberries support the cardiovascular and immune system and are also an anti-cancer agent. The tannins in cranberries have an anti-clotting property and help reduce urinary tract infections.
Green Beans: rich source of vitamin C, K, A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, omega 3-fatty acids and manganese. Green beans support strong bones, oxidize cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce colon cancer risks.
Cheers to your health!