Sweet Foods for a Sweet New Year

Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner! As we celebrate the holiday together and wish each other a sweet new year, it’s a treat to know that the sweetest foods of Rosh Hashanah also provide many health benefits.

The sweet treats – apples, honey, pomegranates, and tzimmes – all pack health benefits for everyone, and especially seniors. Those benefits include immunity support, protection against macular degeneration, and better sleep, just to name a few. The tasty foods on your plate are all high in fiber, beta-carotene, and many other nutrients. It’s a wonderful protective meal as we begin the new year and head into cooler weather.

 Here are just some of the sweet benefits of Rosh Hashanah foods:

Apples – Apples are a great source of fiber and Vitamin C. Some of the fiber in apples is in the form of pectin, which is linked to lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. The fiber in apples also assists in digestion, while high levels of vitamin C help fight colds and boost immunity.

Honey – Honey has been used medicinally for thousands of years, for everything from easing coughs to treating scrapes and bruises. In modern times, studies have shown that honey does in fact help with colds by reducing inflammation in the respiratory tract. Honey also can help you sleep better; it can naturally boost melatonin.

Pomegranates – Pomegranates are high in anti-oxidants, which help prevent against cell damage, and in vitamins A, C, E, and iron. Pomegranates are also a natural anti-inflammatory. Incorporating pomegranates in your diet can help with with joint pain and arthritis.

Tzimmes – The carrots, yams, prunes, and raisins in tzimmes pack a sweet list of health benefits. Carrots and yams (or sweet potatoes) contain high levels of fiber, and Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Vitamin A helps the liver filter toxins, while fiber helps the digestive tract and helps reduce cholesterol.

Carrots in particular are associated with protection against macular degeneration. Yams and sweet potatoes also contain high levels of vitamin C for immune support.

Prunes and raisins are also high in fiber. Prunes especially are high in complex carbohydrates and low on the Glycemic index. That means they provide sweetness and energy without a “crash.” The energy from these dried fruits is processed slowly, so you can enjoy a full night with family and friends.

L’shana tovah! All of us at FountainView wish you a sweet and healthy new year.


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