Summer fruits will soon be gone

NEW YORK (CNN) – With a few short weeks left of summer, fall will be here before you know it.

One trip to your local farmers’ market or even the produce section of the supermarket and you can see the options are plentiful this time of year.  So enjoy summer fruits, before the season ends.

“When you’re buying fruits, you want to think about color.  Eat the rainbow.  Buy as many colors as possible and that way you know you’re getting all the nutrients you need from your fruit,” said dietician Ann Dunaway.

For example: Not only are cherries low in calories and high in fiber, they contain antioxidants that help fight cancer and heart disease.  They also may have weight control properties, according to recent research.

Watermelon lovers, rejoice. This fruit is abundant this time of year.  Did you know it’s ninety-two percent water?  That means it helps you eat less and feel more satisfied at meals, which might be music to your ears if you’re watching your weight.

Also, juicy stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums contain compounds that may fight metabolic syndrome.  That’s a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Plus, the same compounds may also hold potential for combating breast cancer.

So put them on your shopping list.  Your taste buds and your health will thank you.

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