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7 Great Reasons To Eat Apples:
- Apples Lower Cholesterol. One medium-sized apple contains about four grams of fiber. Some of that is in the form of pectin, a type of soluble fiber that has been linked to lower levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
- Apples keep you full. Apple’s wealth of fiber can also keep you feeling full for longer without costing you a lot of calories — there are about 95 in a medium-sized piece of fruit. That’s because it takes our bodies longer to digest complex fiber than more simple materials like sugar or refined grains.
- Apples prevent Breathing Problems. Five or more apples a week (less than an apple a day!) has been linked with better lung function, Health magazine reported, most likely because of an antioxidant called quercetin found in the skin of apples (as well as in onions and tomatoes), the BBC reported. And the breath benefits of apples extend even further: A 2007 study found that women who eat plenty of the fruit are less likely to have children with asthma.
- Apples Fight Colds. While they don’t quite rival oranges, apples are considered a good source of immune system-boosting vitamin C, with over 8 milligrams per medium-sized fruit, which amounts to roughly 14 percent of your daily recommended intake.
- Apples May Fight Cancer. In 2004, French research found that a chemical in apples helped prevent colon cancer, WebMD reported. And in 2007, a study from Cornell found additional compounds, called triterpenoids, which seem to fight against liver, colon and breast cancers.
- Apples Decrease Diabetes Risk. A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that apples, as well as pears and blueberries, were linked with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes because of the antioxidants, anthocyanins, that are also responsible for red, purple and blue colors in fruits and veggies.
- Apples Boost Brain Power. The fruit has been linked to an uptick in acetylcholine production, Good Housekeeping reported, which communicates between nerve cells, so apples may help your memory and lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s.
A diet rich in antioxidants may have similar effects, so apples, since they are particularly rich in quercetin, are a good bet, according to 2004 research.
By Sarah Klein. Healthy Living.
6 Great Reasons To Eat Pears:
- Pears are one of the best fruit choices for your daily intake of fiber. A medium sized pear has 6 grams of fiber, 24% of the recommended daily allowance.
- Pears are great for enjoying before and after a workout! Fresh pears offer 5% of the recommended daily allowance (190 mg of potassium) per serving. Potassium is an important electrolyte needed for proper heart, nerve and muscle function. It also helps regulate water and electrolyte levels as well as helps maintain carbohydrate and protein metabolism.
- Pears are a sweet, low-calorie alternative to other foods. A medium sized pear (weighing about 166 grams) contains only 100 calories even though Levulose, the sweetest of known natural sugars, is found to a greater extent in fresh pears than any other fruit.
- Pears are a cholesterol-free and saturated fat-free food.
- Fresh pears are a natural, quick source of energy due largely to high amounts of two monosacharides (fructose and glucose) and carbohydrates.
- Pears have 26 net grams of carbs. The carbohydrates in a pear are low on the glycemic index and have a low glycemic load. This basically means that the carbs in pears are slow to convert to sugar and enter the bloodstream. Pears are a good choice for getting healthy carbs.
7 Great Reasons To Eat Cherries:
- Cherries are a good source of potassium. Increasing evidence shows that a diet rich in potassium may help to control blood pressure and reduce the risk for hypertension and stroke.
- Cherries are a source of melatonin. Melatonin is an effective means for reducing jet lag and promoting overall healthy sleep patterns.
- Cherries have anti-inflammatory properties which studies suggest may help to control arthritis and gout.
- Cherries contain antioxidants. Antioxidants found in cherries may help to reduce the risk of cancer.
- Cherries contain antioxidants. Studies show that the antioxidants found in cherries may help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Cherries are a healthy snack. A serving size of 21 cherries has less than 100 calories.
- The anthocyanins found in cherries may help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
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