You’ve always heard the common saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” While we do wish it could be that simple, there is a reason that saying isn’t completely untrue. Apples do in fact have two very important components that should be in your everyday diet: fiber and antioxidants.

 

Why Do I Need Fiber?

Fiber is incredibly important to your everyday diet, it helps lower cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels, aids in achieving a healthy weight and helps regulate bowel movements. Studies have shown that the average American is not getting the recommended amount of fiber, but the good news is, fiber is found in all kinds of delicious foods.

 

Where Can I Find Fiber?

There are a lot of foods that are high in fiber that are very good for your health, here are just a few:

  • Pears
  • Avocados
  • Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Carrots
  • Brocooli
  • Artichoke
  • Lentils
  • Oats
  • Almonds
  • Chia seeds (VERY HIGH IN FIBER)

 

Why Do I Need Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are powerful substances prohibit (and in some cases even prevent), the oxidation of other molecules in the body. In other words, the benefits of antioxidants are very important to good health, because if free radicals are left unchallenged, they can cause a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases. Antioxidants are beneficial in preventing and helping heart, eye, memory and immune system problems.

 

Where Can I Find Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables, to get the highest about of antioxidants add these into your diet:

  • Goji berries
  • Wild berries
  • Dark chocolate
  • Pecans
  • Artichoke
  • Elderberries
  • Kidney beans
  • Cranberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cilantro