Our friends at Bells Socialization Services pose with Archie the apple.
Our friends at Bells Socialization Services pose with Archie the apple.

Archie and I took a trip down the block today to visit our friends at Bells Socialization Services to talk about healthy choices and our Starts with Apples campaign. It was great timing as their healthy choice snack that day was apples and peanut butter.

All month, we at Family First Health have been touting the importance of small healthy choices like — posture, walking, hydration.

After we took time to pose with Archie and talk about Starts with Apples, the group sat down to learn about apples. Plus I got handouts so I could share with you.

Snack time at Bells!
Snack time at Bells!

10 reasons to eat apples

  1. Apples are full of fiber — 5 grams of them. That helps reduce intestinal disorders, helps control insulin levels and cleanses and detoxifies.
  2. Apple pectin helps reduce cholesterol levels.
  3. Five apples a week lowers the risk for respiratory diseases, according to two studies.
  4. Apples strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous and increase bodily fluids.
  5. Apple cider vinegar can help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
  6. Eating apples daily can reduce skin diseases.
  7. A Brazilian study said an apple before each meal helped women lose 33 percent more weight than those who didn’t.
  8. An apple has 50-80 calories and no fat or sodium.
  9. Apples have vitamins A, C and flavonoids with smaller amounts of phosphorus, iron and calcium.
  10. Apples have potassium which may promote heart health.

Is it bad to put peanut butter on apples?

Nah, at least not in moderation and as long as you choose natural peanut butter over regular. Because peanut butter is: a GOOD fat source, source of protein and fiber and high in energy.

Peanut butter also helps control hunger, lower colon cancer risk in women, helps against memory impairment, prevents gallstones, lowers Type 2 diabetes and lowers the risk of heart disease.

So chop up that apple and smear some natural peanut butter on!

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