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5 Foods to Eat for Spring

RALEIGH, N.C. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- We’re finally into spring! Birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom and it’s time to come out of hibernation and power up our diets!

Nutrition Director at Duke Diet & Fitness Center, Elisabetta Politi, RD, MPH, LDN, CDE, brings us five foods to eat this spring.

First up: arugula. It is packed with vitamins A, C and K.

“It belongs to the same family of cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and broccoli. They are vegetables that are known for the cancer fighting properties,” Politi told Ivanhoe.

Next up: snow peas.

“They just are crunchy and great in salads raw,” Politi told Ivanhoe.

High in fiber, research also shows a phytonutrient in snow peas known as coumestrol lowers the risk of stomach cancer.

Another hot spring food? Flaxseeds, full of omega-3 fatty acids that help prevent heart disease. Just make sure to store them in your refrigerator.

“Because of its high fat content, it goes rancid really easily,” Politi told Ivanhoe.

Next up? Green tea.

“It’s a good source of polyphenols, which is a phytochemical that has been shown to prevent heart disease,” Politi told Ivanhoe.

Loaded with catechins, it also aids in weight loss.

“The epigallocatechin gallate has been shown to promote fat oxidation and thermogenesis,” Politi told Ivanhoe.

Finally, mint! Not only does it fight a bloated belly, it’s also been shown to fight cancer.

Another great food for spring? Asparagus. It’s loaded with folate, which is important for the synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain that affect our mood.

Contributors to this news report include: Jennifer Jefcoat, Field Producer; Mary Stufano, Assistant Producer; Jamie Koczan, Videographer and Editor.



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