Healthy Harvest

SquashHealth, like food, is a matter of reaping what you sow. According to research, a colorful diet may offer protection against lung, colorectal, breast, uterine and prostate cancers. Orange, yellow and red-orange foods are rich in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lutein, potent cancer-fighting compounds. Enjoy these tasty harvest foods, and know you're actively taking responsibility for your own good health.

Leading sources of beta-carotene and/or lutein: Apricots Carrots Sweet potato Winter squash Pumpkin Beet greens Sweet red peppers

Source: The Wellness Nutrition Counter (Rebus Inc.) by Sheldon Margen, M.D.

Lara Evans

Photography by Bill Cooley