Dr. Oz's Favorite Fall Foods

As the cool weather creeps in, enjoy a trip to your local orchard or farmer's market to take advantage of the season’s healthiest produce.

Dr. Oz's Favorite Fall Foods

The season filled with beautiful foliage and crisp air is here–it’s fall! As the cool weather creeps in, enjoy a trip to your local orchard or farmer's market to take advantage of the season’s healthiest produce. Find out which of Dr. Oz’s favorite fruits and veggies you should stock your kitchen with this to fill up, slim down and boost your health.

Butternut Squash

Besides its savory flavor, butternut squash has a high content of beta-carotene, which contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Butternut squash also has complex carbohydrates that push protein into the brain, creating a boost of serotonin. Get your skin glowing with this savory soup.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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