Best Fruits and Vegetables for Your Health - Gardening with Dr. Weil

Uploaded by drweil on 02.04.2012

There's a lot of talk about superfruits and a lot of these are exotic and they come from
far away and are very expensive. I think there are plenty of domestic fruits that are accessible
and relatively inexpensive that are just packed with nutritional goodness and micronutrients.
Probably among the best are berries of all sorts - I like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries,
all of them. They are full of antioxidant pigments, that deep color is a sign they are
very healthy and also they are low on the glycemic load scale so they don't disturb
blood sugar the way tropical fruits do. So I think berries are among the best and in
addition, the tiny seeds in berries have fiber in them and there are very significant anti-cancer
compounds both in the seeds and in the skins of those berries as well. I think those are
terrific things to have in the diet. I love to just snack on berries and I keep organic
frozen berries in my house and sometimes will eat them right out of the freezer or put them
in a bowl and microwave them for twenty seconds so they are semi-frozen, I love them that
way. I sometimes mix them with yogurt and they are just great. I also eat dried berries
because they can be very good too. Dried blueberries, dried strawberries, as long as they don't
have added sugar. You want to eat a variety of vegetables across the color spectrum because
each different color has particular health-protective qualities so it's really worth thinking about
where did you get your orange food from, where did you get your purple food, your red food.
So with vegetables, it's orange carrots, it's red beets, dark leafy greens and white-green
celery - all these things are terrific. The cruciferous vegetables, that is the cabbage
family vegetables, are particularly good for health - broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards,
Brussels sprouts, bok choy. These vegetables should be eaten frequently and they have cancer-compounds
in them, they have significant antioxidant activity and a whole array of health-protective
phytonutrients. Infants and very young children accept vegetables in purred form in baby food
and it is when they are introduced to solid food that these distastes develop - it has
nothing to do with textures. So one way with kids is to put vegetables in soups and they
can be blended or not blended. I think it's when we push vegetables on kids and make them
think these are the things they are supposed to be eating that they develop attitudes toward