Did you know that apples are fantastic for weight-loss? Well,they are. And here’s why…
Not only are apples low in fat and calories,but they’re also low in sodium. Any weight conscious person knows the importance of keeping an eye on those calories and fat content labels,but not enough people take their sodium intake into account. Too much sodium can result in water retention – and that affects the numbers on the scale as well as the centimetres.
Then there’s that thing called fibre. Soluble fibre helps to control the cholesterol levels in our blood,it helps to keep our sugar levels regulated,and it slows down the absorption of carbohydrates. The great news is that just one large apple a day supplies us with 30% of our minimum required fibre intake…and can help those of us who suffer from constipation.
And here’s the best news:there is an enzyme found in apples that actually helps your body to digest food. So,whether you’re on a mission to shed a few extra kilo’s,or you simply want to maintain,adding an apple a day to a healthy,balanced,low GI eating plan can help you keep that fat at bay.
Make sure you get the best out of your apples:
1. When shopping for apples,make sure that they’ve been kept nice and cold otherwise they can become over-ripe and decay in a matter of days.
2. Apples should be hard. If you can dent an apple with your finger,don’t buy it.
3. To prevent your ultra-delicious apples from browning,rub the cut surfaces with a mixture of lemon juice and water.
Now that you know just how good apples are for you,kick off every day with a crunchy apple – they make lovely breakfasts. Cut an apple into chunks and sprinkle with crushed nuts,or dice it up and add it to low GI muesli and low fat yogurt. You could even grate your apple,pop it in the microwave for a few minutes,then drizzle over a little honey and add a dash of cinnamon.
Remember,it’s all the little things we do that count,so here’s to an apple a day and a slimmer,trimmer,healthier you!