Apple

by admin on July 23, 2014

Red AppleThe Apple is very delicious, full of rich nutrients, widely consumed all over the world, and available year round. The saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is not far from the truth. Regular consumption of the fruit can provide many vital nutrients and can help prevent a lot of health problems. There are many health benefits of this highly antioxidant fruit.

It has three important nutrients – antioxidants, fibers, and simple sugars.

It is a very rich source of antioxidants. They contain flavonoids and polyphenols, both of which are powerful antioxidants. It’s skin contains quercetin, which is a very powerful flavonoid. According to researchers, flavonoids help prevent cardiac disease in humans. When consumed regularly, flavonoids can lower the risk of cardiac disease by 20%. A 100g of this fruit is equivalent to 1500mg of vitamin C in terms of antioxidant content.

The antioxidants present in the fruit fight the free radicals in the body that tend to damage DNA. They also reduce the risk of cancer significantly.

The fruit is one of the richest sources of both soluble and insoluble fibers. A medium unpeeled one has around 3 grams of fiber. The fiber content in the fruit can bring down cholesterol levels significantly and reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke.

The insoluble fiber present in the fruit helps remove the LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol, from the body. The soluble fiber reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol produced in liver. By eating two of these fruits a day, you can bring down your cholesterol levels by 16%.

The soluble fiber in the fruit also helps remove the toxins and heavy metals like lead and mercury from the system.

The rich fiber content in the fruit ensures regular bowel movement. Eating one or two of these fruits a day regularly can help you stay away from constipation. The soluble fiber present in apple, pectin, also has the ability the firm up excessively loose stool and is thus used as a natural medication for diarrhea.

The simple sugar in the fruit – fructose – is the one that breaks down slowly and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Regular consumption of the fruit can help prevent kidney stones. The antioxidants in the fruit are also known to protect the skin from various skin diseases.

Apples by Alex Skelly
Apples by Alex Skelly

ANTIOXIDANT FRUITS

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Oliver's Fruit Salad (Venture-Health and the Human Body)Luring kids to taste or eat fruit of any kind is a tedious task for almost all moms. Some try to trick their kids just so they take a bite or two of any available fruit in season.

In the book Oliver’s Fruit Salad, the author, Vivian French, gives emphasis on how to attract kids to read and learn by adding colors to the cover and texts. The color play as illustrated by Allison Bartlett is done in simple but fluid lines.

The story line is likewise simple and easy to digest. It focuses on how Oliver was enticed by his grandparents to eat fruits. It relates how Oliver’s mom is having a hard time pushing Oliver to take a bite of fresh fruit such as pears, apples or plums.

Finally, Oliver’s grandfather did the trick. He showed Oliver the fresh fruits he picked from his garden and made it into a delicious fruit salad.  Once the Oliver tasted the fruit salad, he realized that fruits do not only taste good but also are healthy and nutritious.

So, for moms out there, one way to help your child eat fruit is to read Oliver’s Fruit Salad by Vivian French.

You can buy Oliver’s Fruit Salad on Amazon.com for $34.99.

Do you have this book?  Did it help your kids eat fruit?  Share your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or join us on Facebook for a discussion.

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A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds

by cheskarr on July 21, 2014

A Fruit Is a Suitcase for SeedsThe book “A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds” is an easy to read fruit book from author Jean Richards. Aimed to educate young minds from ages 2 to 6 years old, the children’s book teaches the joy of planting fruits and cutting them open to find seeds inside.

Illustrator Anca Hariton lends a hand by using watercolors to further bring the words of Richards to life. Aside from the drawings of fruits, fruit seeds, plants and other animals, keeping close to the title, the pages are also filled with tiny details of people carrying suitcases.

The 32-paged fruit book promises not to bore the children with its narrative. It uses words that kids are familiar with and easy to understand. Each page comes with Hariton’s artistic flair and one to two sentences at the lower portion of the page. The idea presented to kids that fruits are suitcases is innovative and creative. This spurs their imagination and lets them see how various fruits and plants grow with different eyes.

Check out the book on Amazon.com where it sells for $6.25 and is eligible for their FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25  and let us know your thoughts. Join us in our discussion on Facebook or leave us a comment below.

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I Like Fruit: Petit Collage

by cheskarr on July 20, 2014

I Like Fruit: Petit CollageFruit books for toddlers or preschoolers come in different shapes and sizes. One notable book is the  ”I Like Fruit: Petit Collage” by Lorena  Siminovich. This baby book is a page turner for children. It comes with a concept of learning different colors, shapes, textures, fruits and more through the different illustrations and fabric incorporated in the collage book.

Centered on fruits, it highlights plums, pears and the insects that you can usually find in a fruit tree. These are bugs, worms and more. The fruit book also has a story in it that encourages your child to go out and explore the world around them.

The author and illustrator, Lorena Siminovich, is no newcomer on children’s books. She have made several books and among them, “Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind”, won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award.

The “I Like Fruit: Petit Collage” is a book that can educate and impart the love of fruits to your child. This ten-page children’s book retails for $6.99 on Amazon.com and is eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25..

Let us know what you think of this book by leaving us a comment below or you can join our discussion on Facebook or Twitter.

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Fight Stress with Acerola

by cheskarr on July 19, 2014

Fight Stress with AcerolaStress is one of the leading causes of ailments and to live longer, more and more people are advised to de-stress their lives. How do you do this? One proven advice is to include the acerola in your diet.

Found in North America, South America and in the Caribbean, the Acerola is a fruit super high in Vitamin C and other nutrients. It has antioxidants that fights off the harmful elements around or those that you might have in your system. Rich in polyphenols, iron, calcium and Vitamin A, the acerola berry helps on keeping your body from stressing out.

Stress is often caused by your environment and its effect on you. When you cannot manage the forces piling up on you, your body reacts to the weight and the result is stress. Throw in your emotional state, it can manifest itself by making you sick, tired or ill.

With acerola in your lifestyle, your body learns how to manage the stress it is under. It produces melatonin to help you sleep and de-stress. This berry goes by many names and can be mixed in with other fruits or eaten by itself.

Do you have any acerola recipes to share? Leave us a comment or join us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Health Benefits of Acerola Cherry

by Kho Anna on July 18, 2014

Barbados Cherry

Barbados Cherry

Antioxidants perform in the body to neutralize free radicals. They are commonly found in vegetables and in most fruits like the acerola cherry or commonly known as the barbados cherry.

The antioxidants in barbados cherry is known as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoids that helps prevent fibrocystic disease, inflammation, and most bacterial infections. Studies have shown that anthocyanin found in acerola contains the compounds cyanidin, delphinidin, peonidin, pelargonidin, petunidin, and malvidin.

Acerola also contains:

  • fatty acids such as Omega
  • zinc
  • magnesium
  • phosphorus
  • malic acid
  • bioflavonoids
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • thiamine
This cherry has high levels of vitamin C that is 60 times higher than that of the orange. Its vitamin C content may vary depending on its ripeness, season, climate, population, and location.

Here are some of the acerola cherry benefits:

  • lowers the risk of heart disease
  • acts as anti inflammatory
  • prevents cancer and diabetes
  • acts as an anti aging element
  • reduces arthritis pains
  • treats anemia
  • prevents fever, flu and colds
  • lowers cholesterol levels
  • rejuvenates the skin
  • cures liver disorders and many more

Acerola cherries can be eaten fresh, or sometimes can be used in recipes to add a healthy flavor. A wide variety of acerola cherry supplements are also available (in groceries, online stores, and supplement/vitamin stores), they come in forms of capsules, powder, or tablets.

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The Acerola Cherry

by Kho Anna on July 17, 2014

The Acerola Cherry

The Acerola Cherry

Antioxidants are substances and nutrients that prevent oxidation damages to our body. Most antioxidants can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables. The most common of these fruits would be the cherries. But wait! Are you aware that there are a variety of them? There are thousands of them but one of the most sought after is the acerola cherry.

The acerola cherry (also known as the Barbados cherry) is a tropical and subtropical antioxidant fruit. Acerola cherry plants are found in the southern part areas of America such as Florida, the Caribbean, Texas, and Mexico. On the other hand, they are cultivated in Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and Taiwan.

This power fruit is known for its high content of vitamin C that is stronger than that of the famous orange.  It has numerous but one of the most common acerola cherry health benefits would be its strengthening of the body’s immune system. It can also lower the risk of heart disease and neurological disorders.

Do you eat acerola cherries?  Why or why not?

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Chelan Cherry

by admin on July 16, 2014

Sweet CherriesWhile Chelan cherries are very similar to Bing cherries due to their sweetness, dark red color, and cultivation in the same area, the Chelan cherries ripen nearly two weeks before Bing cherries do. As a result, Chelan cherries are more popular in the early season. Chelan cherries can be cross-pollinated by other types of cherries, such as:

  • Rainier cherries
  • Bing cherries
  • Van cherries

Chelan cherries were developed by the researcher Dr. Tom Toyama and released by Dr. Ed Proebsting at Washington State University in the ’90s as a hybrid cherry. Although at first-glance they seem to be the same as Bing cherries, they differ not only in ripening time, but also in that Chelan cherries are less likely to crack. Bing cherries tend to break open with heavy rainfall. Chelan types of cherries are also a little less sweet than Bing cherries are, although still rather sweet when compared to other types.

Like other types of cherries, the Chelan variety produces a whole host of health benefits. The health benefits of Chelan cherries include:

  • vitamin C content – helps the immune system
  • antioxidant properties (anthocyanin content) – reduces risk of cancer, can act as an inflammatory fruit

The combination of Chelan cherries’ vitamin C content and antioxidant properties, like other cherries, lower the risk of an outbreak of gout or arthritis in suffers, as well as reducing the likelihood of these problems developing in the first place. In other words, get to eating some Chelan cherries! Be sure not to go overboard with Chelan cherries if you have blood sugar problems.

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Bing Cherries

by admin on July 15, 2014

bing cherryThe Bing cherry is one of the many types of cherries that have been cultivated specifically for its sweet taste. It comes mainly from the northwest United States, in places like Oregon, Washington, and California. Bing cherries do the best in climates that are regularly wet. Within the US, they are some of the most popular and sought after cherries, most commonly harvested fresh in June and July.

So how what is it about Bing cherries anyway? Well, they are sweet all the time (even sweeter than rainier cherries) and are great for jams, preservatives, and pies. When used in pie, however, you should aim for Bing cherries that aren’t as ripe. They’re naturally so sweet that they can sometimes be too much (too much sweetness? — yes, it is possible) when used for pies, which do better with the types of cherries that are more tart. In fact, Bing cherries would likely make a good addition to a smoothie that is too tart or sour.

Speaking of which, Bing cherries are powerful antioxidant fruits. Many people don’t realize this because the cherry is so common in society that we tend to take it for granted. The truth is that the USDA performed studies that determined that these cherries reduce toxins and are actually an inflammatory!

Cherries also contain vitamin C (the good news just keeps coming). They have been looked into for the prevention of arthritis and gout. Interestingly enough, eating Bing cherries has been noted to decrease uric acid in the body by 60%. This lowering of blood levels could be enough to reduce the risk of gout.

Bing Cherries

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Lapins Cherry

by admin on July 14, 2014

Farmers Market FruitSo many different types of cherries and so little time to taste them all! As researchers continue to create hybrid cherries, we get to taste test the delicious results. Lapins cherries are one of these hybrids. Similar in taste to Bing cherries, Lapins are about an inch in width and are much more rain-resistant than Bings are. The Lapins cherry is a cross between Van and Stella cherries and was developed in British Columbia by the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre. The Lapins cherry is one of the types of cherries that are sweet (others include Chelan and Rainier cherries).

You can see how this is an improvement on Bing cherries. Lapins cherries are just as tasty but are bigger and juicier. They are typically a red or purple color. The best part about Lapins cherries is that they self-pollinate. If you want to grow cherries at your house and have plenty of room in your yard, consider a Lapins cherry tree. These trees grow to about 20 feet in maturity and don’t require you to plant another sweet cherry cultivar for pollination. Mid-summer is usually when the cherries are at their ripest.

Lapins cherries are no different from other cherries in that they contain vitamin C and antioxidant properties. Dark fruits tend to have a higher anthocyanin content, which can reduce the risk of cancer. To reap the health benefits of Lapins cherries, eat some raw or prepare them as a jam. Since they are naturally sweet, you don’t need to add any extra sugar for a better taste – the cherry itself does that for you.

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