8 Summer Foods With Secret Health Benefits

Studies show that some of your summer favorites help more than just satisfying your sweet tooth or refresh your body on a hot day. Try these eight food and drink options with secret health benefits:

Watermelon – Stay hydrated while satisfying hunger with fewer calories.

Corn – Protect your eyes from damaging UV rays with antioxidants found in corn.

Tomatoes – Consume lycopene (what makes tomatoes red) to help protect your skin against sunburn.

Blueberries – Fight muscle fatigue with blueberry antioxidants.

Cherries – Eat tart cherries to get better sleep, avoid muscle pain after working out and burn fat. Nutrients in sweet cherries work to reduce blood pressure and combat cancer.

Iced Coffee – A study published in the published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, found that coffee may lower your risk of skin cancer by about 10 percent.

Raspberries – Lower cholesterol and fight fat with fiber found in raspberries.

Iced Tea – Rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids, sipping tea regularly lowers risk and Alzheimer’s and diabetes.


Wright, Brierley. 8 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet. Accessed July 17, 2018.  http://www.eatingwell.com/article/105269/8-healthy-summer-foods-to-add-to-your-diet/.

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