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.

Pumpkin

Both fresh pumpkin and canned pumpkin are packed with nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin A and iron. The carotenes found in pumpkin are converted to vitamin A, which is essential for a strong and healthy immune system. One cup of pumpkin a day will get you to the recommended daily dose. Check out this collection for a list of healthy and delicious pumpkin recipes.

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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