Which of these fall foods was recommended on a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show?
B. Sweet potatoes
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B. Sweet potatoes
A. Parsley - 12%
B. Sweet potatoes - 46%
C. Beets - 21%
D. Squash - 20%
The Answer: Squash
On the 10/9/12episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Simple Advice, Dr. Oz talked a little about healthy foods for the fall season.
Dr. Oz recommended to include winter squash in the grocery cart this fall, from acorn to butternut and pumpkins too. Peggy, another Dr. Oz fan, sent in her recipe for Acorn Squash, Quinoa, Mushrooms, and Peppers too. Click here for Peggy's Acorn Squash, Quinoa, Mushrooms, and Peppers recipe from DoctorOz.com.
Dr. Oz also recommended fennel and portobello mushrooms for the fall menu. Portobello mushrooms are rich in selenium, an antioxidant that support immune function – very important for the impending cold and flu season. Fennel tastes like licorice and supports digestion. It can be eaten raw or added to soups.
Parsley is available all year long and can be added to many dishes. A little parsley sprinkled onto soup, into a salad, and even on eggs brings a little zip to your dish. Dr. Oz has recommended parsley quite often on the show.
On 12/15/11: The Power of Prevention, Dr. Oz recommended parsley for heart health. Parsley helps to balance out salt intake, which can often increase during the holidays. Dr. Oz says that for 30 minutes after a meal containing lots of salt, artery function is impaired. When eating a salty meal, Dr. Oz recommends to add 10 sprigs, or two teaspoons parsley to repair the bad things that salt can do to the body.
And on 2/3/12: Fat-urday, Dr. Oz recommended parsley tea to help remove excess water in the body.
Sweet potatoes are in season and are a great alternative to white potatoes. On the 2/15/12 episode, Your Best Body, with Shaun T, he recommended sweet potatoes as a food that can rev up the metabolism.
Most people only eat sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. The most amazing thing about sweet potatoes, explained Shaun T, is they have so many nutrients. He called sweet potatoes a powerhouse food and they will make you feel really good. Fries, mashed, or chips, take your pick and enjoy twice a day.
I love beets! On the 1/30/12 episode: Health Myths Challenged, Dr. Oz shared that he loves beets too! Beets support healthy blood pressure and increased blood flow. Cognitive tests on mice and humans show increased brain function with the consumption of beets.
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