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An Apple a Day?

We practically cut our milk teeth on the old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But have you ever wondered if there is any validity to it? Well no fruit can cure all your ills, but the apple seems to be a great piece of produce for preventive medicine.

Apples are a great source of fiber. A medium apple contains 3 grams of fiber, which is 10 percent of your daily recommended intake. Since apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, this fruit will help decrease your LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), as well as help keep you regular. Remember, that eating 30 grams of fiber can help prevent breast and ovarian cancer. The pectin found in apples also helps remove toxins, like the heavy metals lead and mercury, from your body.

An apple a day, also seems to keep the pounds at bay, at least if you eat one before lunch. A recent study found that folks who ate an apple 15 minutes prior to their midday generally ate, on average, 187 less calories less at lunch than study participants who did not eat an apple. Think of an apple as a healthful appetizer. Apples also give your teeth and gums a healthy workout; sometimes I like to enjoy one after lunch to cleanse my palate.

Apples are in season now and they are a relatively inexpensive fruit. Plus they don't lose much of the nutritional punch if they are stored for long periods of time, making them a perfect Winter fruit.

Have you eaten your apple today?


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