Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An Apple a Day...

What's better than biting into a crisp, juicy apple? How about knowing that it's doing as much good for your health as it is for your taste buds? Apples contain an abundance of healthy flavonoids, which are antioxidants that reduce your risk of developing heart disease and cancer. When reaching for this crunchy treat, however, remember to leave the skin on. This is where almost all of the apple's nutrients are found.

Apples are also high in fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and flush toxins from your body. And while you might be tempted to reach for a glass of apple juice, the whole fruit is always a better choice. Drinking a glass of juice provides you with only some of the nutrients found in the whole fruit and none of the fiber. There's an additional benefit to the whole fruit: While a glass of apple juice probably won't satisfy your hunger, chomping on a whole apple will. So skip right over those bottles and head for the produce aisle. In fact, you can consider this fruit an honorary member of The Sonoma Diet Power Foods list!

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