Enhance your hearing health with seasonal fall foodsEnhance your hearing health with seasonal fall foods
If your ears perk up when someone mentions the latest pumpkin recipe they’ve found, there’s good reason. Turns out the seasonal gourd is as healthy for your hearing as it is pleasing for your taste buds. In fact, pumpkins are only one of several seasonal foods your ears will thank you for eating this fall.
Pumpkins and winter squash
Pumpkins and winter squash are much more than trendy decorations for your doorstep or holiday table -- they’re also an effective way to add hearing healthy nutrients to your diet. Here’s why:
If you’re not a fan of pumpkin pie, or just tired of eating it that way, SparkPeople.com has ten other suggestions for you to try. For example, consider making a pumpkin smoothie, pasta sauce, cream cheese spread or ice cream.
As for winter squash, their skins might be tough to penetrate but it’s worth the extra effort. Soften spaghetti squash in the microwave before cutting it in half to bake it or look in your grocer’s produce section for ready-to-roast cubes of butternut squash.
It doesn’t seem like fall without a crop of crisp, fresh apples to eat. Loaded with vitamin C and with almost no sodium, fat or cholesterol, the nutritional benefits of apples benefit your cardiovascular system as well as reduce your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke and asthma.
Whether you choose them from your local grocer or farmer's market or pick them yourself at the orchard, you’ll be doing your ears a favor by adding them to your diet this season. Here’s why:
What’s the best way to eat an apple? They fit in the palm of your hand for a reason - they're the perfect portable snack. Since the majority of nutrients lie just beneath the skin, you’ll get the most benefit if you refrain from peeling them.
Dark leafy greens
Remember the folates in winter squash? Dark green, leafy vegetables have them in spades, along with a healthy dose of vitamins A and C. Gone are the days when your only salad options included those made with bland iceberg lettuce. Don’t be afraid to choose these healthy, flavorful alternatives. Greens are easily grown in home gardens and are plentiful at farmer's markets, on better restaurant menus and in the produce section of your local grocer.
Of course, these tasty fall vegetables are just part of the healthy hearing recipe. In addition to eating a balanced diet, exercise regularly. Protect your hearing from loud and excessive noise. Also, have your hearing evaluated regularly by a qualified hearing healthcare professional. Mixed together, these ingredients can help you hear your best in every season.