Picking out your favorite summer fruit before the season ends

Published 08/22 2014 05:36PM

Updated 08/22 2014 06:06PM

One trip to your local farmers' market--or even the produce section of the supermarket- and you can see the options are plentiful this time of year.  So enjoy summer fruits, before the season ends.

For example: not only are cherries low in calories and high in fiber, they contain antioxidants that help fight cancer and heart disease.  They also may have weight control properties, according to recent research.

And watermelon lovers, rejoice. This fruit is abundant this time of year.  Did you know it’s 92 percent water?  That means it helps you eat less and feel more satisfied at meals- which might be music to your ears if you're watching your weight. 

Also, juicy stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums contain compounds that may fight metabolic syndrome.  That's a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Plus, the same compounds may also hold potential for combating breast cancer.

So put them on your shopping list.  Your taste buds and your health will thank you.

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