Family Time: Fall Super Foods

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM EDT

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October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM EDT


The change of seasons can bring a change in our diets. There are plenty of foods that are good and good for us that are more popular this time of year. Start with pumpkins. Dietitians say they pack a healthy punch.

"The seeds are very high in zinc and that's one mineral that some of us are
deficient in, and pumpkin is also high in something called carotenoids that have actually been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer in
women," says Kirstin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic.

Kirkpatrick also says the orange flesh of sweet potatoes contains beta-carotene,
which is a known cancer fighter.

Brussel sprouts have been linked to increased survival in breast cancer and may even help with treatment.

Pomegranates are also prominent in the fall and may decrease the risk of prostate cancer in men, and and eating an apple a day may actually keep the doctor away.

Dietitians say to reap the most nutritional benefit from apples, be sure to eat them in their whole form with the skin. With Family Time, I'm Joanna Pasceri.