Eating Right May Include Apples

By Tom Herrin

Considering the right diet is a concern for many of us, there is often so little time and so much to do that the result may be trying to cut corners on things such as food.  It is not that all fast food is bad, but a steady diet of it can add far too many unhealthy calories.  In what may seem like no time, a person can find themselves overweight and dealing with health issues.  A pretty good thing to add to any diet is apples.  They can satisfy a desire for sweets while doing some pretty good things for the body.

They Can Help With Digestion

Because they are high in fiber, apples can help to provide a feeling of fullness, especially when combined with their high water content.  This helps food to move through the digestive system smoothly.  Many people also eat them regularly to help eliminate some unhealthy bacteria from the intestines while improving the function of the bacteria that live in the large intestine, or colon.  It is well known that colon health is critical for overall health.

They May Help With Weight Management

Apples are one of those foods that seem to successfully increase the metabolism.  Without much knowledge of that, anytime I tried to cut calories and lose weight, I usually started by eating apples with my meals.  I found that I was less hungry and more energetic.  In my case, I would eat an apple with something else such as carrots or raisins, then add peanut butter later on.  Though I did not realize it, apparently eating apples followed by something else may either speed up the metabolism or even cause the calories following the apple not to be absorbed at all.

They May Be Eaten Lots of Ways

Apples can almost always be eaten raw as they are.  Many varieties are really sweet and may be like a low-cal dessert as well as help clean the teeth and gums.  I like them in salads.  My family really enjoys them with peanut butter and other things such as dips.  The classic pies are always popular.  They can be good in cobblers, and I like them baked with cinnamon and brown sugar.  Pick some up and try to create your own recipes.  There are plenty of varieties to choose from.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, N.J.

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