My dad loves apples ! He always asks me to add them to the list whenever I’m heading to the grocery store. Originating in the Middle East more than 4000 years ago, the apple has become a staple of many people’s diets.
And like our ancestors found out oh so many years ago, these fruits are a healthy addition to your diet! According to the Institute of Food Research in the United Kingdom , some studies have found that apples may improve lung function as well reduce the risk of degenerate diseases such as Alzheimer’s and prevent chronic inflammation that can lead to heart cardiovascular. According to NutritionData at Self.com , one medium apple with skin is only 95 calories, but provides 17 percent of your dietary fiber. This fruit also is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Providing 14 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and A, the apple gets three out of five stars for weight loss and optimum health.
“Apples are a source of both sol...
The combination of kale, red onion, fresh and dried fruit and sweetened almonds and a surprise ingredient – chia seeds -- makes for a knock-out salad. A citrus vinegar makes this raw salad refreshingly tart but the honey sesame almonds, dried cranberries and pear add a nice sweetness and crunch. It will hit the high note on your Thanksgiving spread with your vegetarian and meat-eating guests alike.
This autumnal salad features one of my new favorite salad greens: raw kale. My love of kale is no secret. But even though it is rising in popularity as a salad or smoothie ingredient, many people are unaware of its health attributes. Here are five health benefits of raw kale :
It has more vitamin C than an orange
Kale is a great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid
It has the highest concentration of vitamin A among all leafy greens
Kale is high in calcium
It has plenty of phytonutrients like quercetin and sulphoraphane
Many of kale’s ...
Have you seen the news this week? There's been a lot of coverage in the health news about a new study from the UK that was published in the European Respiratory Journal .
Apparently this study found that drinking apple juice—but not eating apples—can actually help control wheezing in people who have asthma.
The study looked at 2640 primary school children who were ages 5 to 10 years that lived in Greenwich, south London. The researchers found that drinking a glass of apple juice every day lessened both the severity and the frequency of wheezing, which is probably the most common asthma symptom.
Researchers think that it's phytochemicals in apple juice that provides the protection. The specific kind of phytochemical that seems to calm the airway inflammation in asthmatics that can lead to wheezing is called "flavonoids." Flavonoids are found in many different foods.
However, in this study, the positive results were only obtained by drinking apple...
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