Nutritionist Elena de la Fuente: Consuming seasonal foods ensures that you get a greater amount of vitamins and minerals, not to mention that it tastes better.
Autumn is known for its fluctuations in weather, temperature changes, rain and fewer hours of sunshine, and the incidence of diseases increases. Eating seasonal foods will provide your body with the nutrients and protection it needs.
That is why Elena de la Fuente, a nutritionist at Quirónsalud Sant José Hospital in Madrid, recommends consuming seasonal foods because “it will ensure that you get a greater amount of vitamins and minerals, not to mention that it tastes better.” According to the writer Sylvia Fall, in a report published by the newspaper “Espanol” (elespanol) Spanish.
Monica Perez, president of the Professional Association of Nutritionists in Extremadura, western Spain, also presented a list of the best foods to be eaten in the fall. Here are the best autumn foods that you recommend to consume:
Mushrooms are rich in water, low in calories and low in fat. It also contains fiber that helps in improving intestinal transit. Since it is rich in potassium and low in sodium, mushrooms are suitable for people with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disorders.
It is also considered a vegetable that contains a high percentage of protein. On the other hand, people who suffer from hyperuricemia are advised to consume mushrooms in moderation because they contain a large proportion of purines.
Chestnuts are similar in composition to cereals because they are rich in carbohydrates, while they are low in calories and contain a low percentage of fat. Chestnuts are also known to contain potassium and folic acid.
There are many ways to cook it. It can be eaten roasted, mashed, creamed, or added to desserts.
Pumpkin belongs to the same family as cucumber, and it is rich in water, fiber and low in calories, which makes it useful in cases of constipation. It is considered one of the foods rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy eyesight, skin, mucous membranes and the immune system. Pumpkin also contains antioxidants, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium. It can be eaten grilled or in creams or as a filling in pastries.
Figs are known as a useful food for athletes because they contain a high percentage of sugar, and it is a saturated food that regulates intestinal transit because it contains a high percentage of fiber.
Figs are also rich in potassium, phosphorous and magnesium. It can be eaten fresh or dried, where the concentration of sugars is greater after losing water. Figs can also be eaten with dessert, as a snack, in salads, or with toast and stews.
Similar to low-calorie fruits, pomegranates mainly contain water, vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C and potassium.
It is also rich in tannins and antioxidants that make it a suitable food for the prevention of gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases. Pomegranate can be consumed in its natural form or in juices and salads.