Summer Food Tips
It’s become clear that what you eat has a huge impact on your health and appearance, but did you know that many of summer’s fruits and vegetables are chock-full of secret health benefits? Here are some of our summer favorites!
Corn: Fresh, sweet corn contains two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin that act like natural sunglasses. These powerful antioxidants help to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays and may help lower your risk of developing macular degeneration later in life!
Iced Coffee: Not only is it a refreshing way to start a hot summer day, drinking a single cup of coffee may lower your risk of developing skin cancer. In a recent study, those who drank one cup of caffeinated coffee per day reduced their risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer by about 10%.
Cherries: Compounds found in tart cherries can actually help rev up your bodies natural fat burning process and decrease fat storage to help you slim down and get leaner!
Tomatoes: Sunscreen should always be your first line of defense against the summer sun. Eating tomatoes can give you a little extra protection as well. The carotenoid, lycopene, that makes tomatoes red may protect your skin from sunburn. In one study, participants who were exposed to UV light had almost 50% less skin reddening after they ate 2 ½ tablespoons of tomato paste in addition to their regular diet for 10 to 12 weeks.
Watermelon: Staying hydrated keeps your memory sharp and helps to keep your body cool during the hot summer months. Watermelon is 92 percent water! Research has also shown that eating foods that are full of water helps keep you satisfied on fewer calories.