As one of the most reputable contract foodservices companies in the industry, we understand the importance of good nutrition for boosting the immune system. Whether in K-12 or college dining, corporate dining, hospital cafeterias or other settings, having menu options that are nutritious is critical to good health.
Why is a strong immune system necessary? Those with a weak immune system are more prone to colds, flu, allergies, and even conditions like arthritis and cancer. The old adage “You are what you eat” is certainly true, so it’s a good idea if you’re in the foodservice industry to offer up some healthy menu options. Whether in corporate or social catering, retail restaurants, or even food trucks or concession stands, consider the following.
Vitamin A offers protection from infections and works to regulate the immune system. Foods including milk, spinach, eggs, carrots, and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, which works to protect the health of tissues in the intestines, respiratory system, stomach, and mouth, as well as the skin.
Vitamin E contains antioxidants which are believed to enhance immune function by neutralizing free radicals. Some of the foods rich in this vitamin include peanut butter, almonds, fortified cereals, avocados, turnip greens, tomatoes, hazelnuts, and safflower or sunflower oil.
Foods rich in Vitamin C include strawberries, tangerines, oranges, and other citrus fruits, along with Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and bell peppers. Some cereals and other foods are fortified with vitamin C, which boosts immunity and stimulates the formation of antibodies to provide additional protection from infection. Load up on the foods rich in this vitamin!
Protein is an important component of an immune boosting diet as well, found in foods including beans, peas, nuts and seeds, eggs, seafood, and poultry.
Zinc is thought to support the immune system as well, and speeds the healing of wounds. Foods containing this mineral include milk, poultry, seeds and nuts, seafood, lean meat, whole grain products, legumes, mushrooms and other vegetables.
There are lots of ways you can incorporate immune boosting foods into your menu – and healthy definitely doesn’t have to mean tasteless or boring!
At Gourmet Services Inc., our goal is to provide the ultimate quality in fresh foods and ingredients, service, and client satisfaction. Learn more about our contract food services company by contacting us today or browsing our website.