|Food as Medicine: The Power of Apples
Why Eating an Apple Before Lunch Can Help You Eat Less
And Why If You're Pregnant or Planning on Getting Pregnant You Should be Eating an Apple a Day.
by Mary Serphos
Most likely you are aware
that eating an apple is healthier than drinking apple juice or eating applesauce because of the lower level of sugars absorbed by the body. And because eating an apple with the skin contains the most fiber and nutrients it makes it better for us. It goes without saying then, that when the least processed form of any food is consumed our bodies thrive.
And here's even more good news about eating the apple whole and untouched: people ate approximately 190 fewer calories when eating an apple a half hour before lunch than people who ate applesauce, fiber fortified apple juice and plain apple juice
(research done by Penn State University).
And if you are a pregnant woman or are planning on getting pregnant, eat lots of apples! Children tend to have lower rates of asthma when their mother's consume apples, Dutch research suggests. Statistics show that over 20 million of Americans including 6.2 million children suffer from asthma. Researchers
speculate that the antioxidants and flavanoids including quercetin which works like a natural antihistamine help fight inflammation. This is also important since a Food and Drug Administration panel has voted unanimously to ban the asthma drugs Foradil and Serevent for children.
Apples are perfectly in season right now and there are so many ways to enjoy this naturally sweet treat. Apples dipped in honey make an easy and delicious dessert or snack for all ages. Or try Apples with almond butter or sunflower seed butter- a great way to get your apple a day with protein, calcium, fiber and healthy fat. There are multiple varieties of apples- Fuji, Jonah Gold, Gala, green. Try sampling different ones and try putting shredded apple into a cabbage/carrot slaw for a sweet twist. Yum!
by Mary Serphos
A trace mineral found in Brazil nuts, walnuts, garlic, shellfish, poultry, and eggs, selenium is a potent protector against many different types of cancers including, prostate, colorectal, bladder and lung. Selenium may also relieve inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and helps reduce itching, flaking and irritation of the scalp. In a study done by the Human Nutrition Resource Center of the Agricultural Resource Service, those who took selenium reported a significant improvement in mood and clarity. And if that doesn't convince you of the importance of selenium, adding selenium rich foods to your diet or taking a limited amount of the supplement (too much can cause toxicity) can prevent you from having a heart attack and boost your immunity, according to the New York Times Guide to Alternative Health. Selenium is a true miracle mineral that is best absorbed through selenium rich food and fortunately most of us in the Western world get enough from diet alone and don't need to take it in supplement form.
How to make sure you are getting this miracle mineral into your body: the best and easiest way to get selenium in your diet whether you are a carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or a raw foods aficionado is to eat Brazil nuts (eating 2 of them with the 'skins' on will do the trick!) or a handful of walnuts several times a week.
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Have a wonderful Fall season!
The Aware Body