Dates provide the concentrated sweetness of a dried fruit but they also provide 3 grams of dietary fiber per fruit, which helps to move waste through your colon, as well as and helps prevent the absorption of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Like orange-colored vegetables, they also contain Vitamin A, to protect eyes, and maintain healthy skin and mucus membranes. Dates are also filled with minerals as well as B Vitamins, and these cofactors help your body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats
Figs also have dietary fiber, with 4-5 grams per fruit. This helps reduce weight as well as excess fat in the body. Figs are a high source of iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium.
People often comment that walnuts look like our brains. This is an example of a food looking like what it helps your body with. Because walnuts are rich in omega-3 fats and contain higher amounts of antioxidants than most other foods, they contribute to brain health as well as prevention of heart disease and cancer.
Walnuts are the only nuts that contain significant amounts of the healthy omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is a precursor for the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Walnuts also contain polyunsaturated fats, an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid is the primary one. They also contain several vitamins and minerals – copper, folic acid, phosphorus, Vitamins E and B6, and manganese.
As the season changes into Fall, nature provides us with foods that will enhance our night vision, provide antioxidants to protect our health, and fiber to increase our elimination and decrease “bad” fat absorption, as we become more sedentary as the winter approaches. Truly amazing!