Get Your Veggies On

There is no doubt that summer is in full swing on our beautiful coast! Fresh corn, tomatoes, squash, peas, beans, cucumbers, berries, you name it; we got it. Besides tasting delicious, there is nothing better we can do for our bodies than providing healthy nourishment from the inside out. Vitamin B, C, D, and K are just a few of the benefits of taking advantage of the summer growing season. Let’s not forget to mention the minerals that come straight out of our local soil. It does a body good.

So, which vegetables are the most healthy? The best measure, according to the US Department of Agriculture, is the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC). This measure defines the total antioxidant potential of food. The higher the ORAC units, the greater the antioxidant activity.

The top 10 ORAC fruits are:

  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Plums
  • Oranges
  • Red grapes
  • Cherries

The top 10 ORAC vegetables are:

  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Broccoli florets
  • Beets
  • Red bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Corn

Follow Compass Urgent Care on Pinterest to find some of the best heart healthy recipes for summer’s offerings. We didn’t forget about dessert! Being mindful of how we nourish our bodies will go a long way in keeping you healthy!

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