Summer is Here

Summer is Here

Summer is here, a time of year when lots of fresh produce is in season and abundant. Many summer fruits and vegetables are just brimming with secret health benefits. Check out these great options.
1. Corn  
Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn. And did you know that two antioxidants-lutein and zeaxanthin in corn may act like natural sunglasses, helping to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays?
2. Watermelon  
Staying hydrated keeps your memory sharp and your mood stable. It also helps cool your body through sweat. The good news is that you don’t just have to drink water. You can eat it, too: in addition to delivering skin-protecting lycopene, watermelon is 92 percent water (hence the name). Another benefit, research shows that eating foods that are full of water helps keep you satisfied on fewer calories.
3. Tart Cherries  
You may have heard that drinking tart cherry juice can help you get a better night’s sleep and ease post-workout aches. But did you know that compounds in tart cherries may also help you slim down and get leaner?
4. Tomatoes  
There’s no question that sunscreen should be your first line of defense against the intense Florida summer sun. But eating tomatoes might give you a little extra protection: consuming more lycopene-the carotenoid that makes tomatoes red may protect your skin from sunburn.
5. Raspberries  
Raspberries are a great source of fiber-some of it soluble in the form of pectin, which helps lower cholesterol.
6. Blueberries  
Fresh blueberries are a special treat! Turns out the antioxidants in them may help ward off muscle fatigue by mopping up the additional free radicals that muscles produce during exercise.
Commercially grown corn can be heavily genetically modified and full of pesticides and chemicals and all berries cherries are on the dirty dozen list so make sure to buy organic whenever possible! Remember Tunie’s only sells organic produce.

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