An Apple A Day…

While most of us have heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” how many of you actually take it to heart? Unfortunately, not enough of us do. The truth is that an apple is considered by many to be one of the healthier foods available. An apple is not only rich in as Vitamin C, but also has other healthful information and nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B-6, iron, vitamin A and calcium that our bodies need.

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Eating apples and other fruit can help us add to our daily intake of nutrients and antioxidants. Many fruits contain a healthy dose of fiber too, which can help us feel full. Since most fruit digests slower than a lot of processed foods that many of us are accustomed to eating, it can help trigger those satiety hormones , which can help prevent us from over eating, which is good news.

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Apples and many other fruits are sweet, so many people have an easier time adding them into their diets versus vegetables. Fruit however, contains natural sugar, so while it is good to eat, you don’t want to go over board and eat too much. Eating 1 to 2 servings of fruit a day is probably a good amount to strive for. Go ahead and eat as many vegetables as you like though, as they don’t contain all that natural sugar like fruit.

Many people are naturally attracted to fruit, and it is no wonder. Fruit not only comes in a variety of colors, but also comes in a large assortment of shapes, sizes and varieties, so the selection process can be fun and enjoyable. Many people reach for bright colored fruits like apples, oranges, bananas, and pears.

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Some fruits such as berries are considered super foods as they can help fight inflammation in the body. They also can help strengthen the immune system, and help fight cancer and other diseases as well. Blueberries are one example and are a popular choice among consumers, as they are sweet and loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

So the next time you are out grocery shopping, go ahead and reach for that apple, or other fruit. You can feel confident you are not only making a healthy choice, but helping to keep the doctor away too.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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