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Autumn’s delectables

Golden squash, orange pumpkins and crisp red apples—fall produce is so vibrant and delicious! Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins and disease-fighting antioxidants, so while you’re tantalizing your taste buds, you’re also protecting your body.

The United States Department of Agriculture suggests that women eat 1½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 2½ cups of vegetables a day. To get your fill, stock up on these autumn harvest foods:

Pears

Eat pears to boost immunity and guard against infectious diseases.

Pumpkin

Eat up for healthy eyes and skin.

Sweet potatoes

These spuds are a powerful cancer-fighter and heart-attack reducer

Apples

Eat them to ward off cancer and heart disease and better your cholesterol.

Eggplant

It’s packed with vitamin C and folic acid, which help fight cancer and high blood pressure.

Acorn squash

Dig in and watch your risk of breast cancer and age-related macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness) go down.

Butternut squash

These gourds are chock-full of vitamins A, C and E and folate for good health.