Super Foods: Apples

By: Reader's Digest  |  Photo by: allrecipes
Super Foods: Apples
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Superfoods such as apples can work better than vitamin pills to slash your risk of heart disease. Discover the nutritional benefits of apples and quick and easy serving suggestions. Healthy eating doesn't have to take extra time out of your busy day--reaching for an apple is as quick as grabbing a samosa or bag of chips.
An Apple A Day...
Apples are healthy and delicious!

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Nutrition

Super nutrients: Antioxidants, fiber.
Serving size: 1 medium; 80 calories.
Benefits: Apples are antioxidant-rich foods thanks to hefty quantities of the flavonoid quercetin (flavonoids are natural chemicals in plants that, when in your bloodstream, remove free radical molecules, fight inflammation, and impede cancer). Bonus: Apples are a rich source of pectin, a soluble fiber. In a recent study at the University of California, Davis, people who ate two apples a day had fewer oxidized, artery-attacking LDLs than non-apple eaters.
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Good ideas:

• Chop an apple and add to hot porridge
• For a portable snack, cut up an apple and place the slices in a lunch box with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Carry it with you to eat at lunch or as a snack. It tastes like apple pie, without the crust or the sugar
• For a quick baked apple, core an apple, pack the center with raisins and walnuts, and dust with cinnamon. Place it in a bowl with 1/4 cup of orange juice, apple juice, or water and microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until done
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