Strong antioxidants called polyphenols are one of the main ways pomegranates have earned their “superfood” title. In fact, pomegranate juice contains even more polyphenols than green tea or red wine. Research shows those antioxidants could protect against kidney disease, tooth plaque, and high cholesterol. But the benefits don’t end there. Pomegranates also contain almost 20 percent of your daily potassium needs, which is even more than you’d find in a banana. Potassium—one of the four nutrients the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans calls out as under-consumed—keeps your heartbeat normal and helps build muscle. Check out more of the world’s healthiest fruits.
Orange you glad we didn’t say “orange?” Humor aside, the health benefits of pumpkin are no joke. Beta-carotene, the pigment that gives orange foods their rich color, gets converted to vitamin A during digestion. A cup of cooked pumpkin packs in more than twice your daily-recommended intake of vitamin A, which helps your vision stay strong, along with boosting your immune system and giving you younger-looking skin. As long as you don’t get your pumpkin in latte form, it could help you lose weight, too. One cup has just 50 calories and three grams of fiber to keep you satisfied.