Food Focus: Apples
In an investigation of 100 antioxidant foods, two kinds of apples ranked 12th and 13th, the Red Delicious and Granny Smith. Antioxidants are disease-fighting compounds. Apple fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
Recipe of the Month: Apple Turnovers
Apples are loaded with vitamin C. Almost half of an apple’s vitamin C content is just under the skin, so it’s a good idea to eat apples with their skins. Apples are low in calories; 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories. They, however, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, the fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which helps prevent absorption of dietary-LDL or bad cholesterol in the gut. The fiber also saves the colon mucous membrane from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals inside the colon. Other benefits are:
1. Get whiter, healthier teeth
2. Help to Avoid Alzheimer’s
3. Protect against Parkinson’s
4. Decrease your risk of diabetes
5. Reduce cholesterol
6. Get a healthier heart
And much more. Eat an apple today!