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Apples, a Super Food for Weight Loss & Good Health
Written by Diet Bites
Apple Super Powers & Superstitions
Many believe that the apple was the culprit in the Garden of Eden. So crisp, so red, and so exotic - no wonder Eve found difficultly in resisting this beauty. Frankly, I think it was a pomegranate as represented along the hems of the high priests. But that's another story....
A superstition surrounding the apple is that if one cuts an apple in half, they need only count the seeds to learn the number of children they will have.
Weight Loss, Health: An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
These babies have powerful diuretic powers, assisting in washing build-up fluids and toxins from the body.
Weight Loss & Nutritional Notes for Apples
Oh my - apples are naturally low in calories and compliment many fatty foods such as peanut butter and cheese, creating a healthy - palatable balance.
An apple may also prove more effective in snapping one to life in the morning rather than that traditional cup of morning coffee. Apples have also been shown in health and science studies to be beneficial in controlling blood sugar levels.
Apples are a good source of fiber with about 2.6 grams per cup. A small apple contains about 2.5 grams of fiber, a medium apple contains about 3.3 grams of fiber, and a large apple packs a whopping 5.1 grams of fiber.
Apples may also assist in preventing ageing by reducing bad cholesterol and blood pressure.
Types of Apples
Granny Smith - best for baking, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Gala, Pink Lady
Calories in Apples
1 small apple contains about 55 calories; 1 medium apple contains about 72 calories and 1 large apple contains about 110 calories. 1 cup of quartered or chopped apple contains about 65 calories while 1 cup of sliced apples contains about 57 calories.
Dessert or Snack Time Recipe
And they make an excellent option as a healthy snack for dieters. For a quick low calorie dessert, core one apple. You can even leave the peeling in place.
Using a microwave safe dish, cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat. You can add a bit of low calorie, reduced fat margarine to the apple before cooking or after if you wish. Look for a margarine that contains about 40 calories per serving. You can also add a spoon of brown sugar for about 11 calories for an unpacked teaspoon or 17 calories for a packed teaspoon. Light and dark brown sugar contain the same number of calories - so pick your favorite if you wish to add this to your recipe. You can also add a good dash of ground cinnamon to the diet recipe for additional flavor as well as a dash of vanilla extract.
This is a very delicious, satisfying treat that will stick to your ribs for minimal calories and dietary fat grams.