A to Z bloging challenge: A-All about me and Apples
A-to-Z Blogging challenge Day 1 the Letter A-All about me and Apples
First of all I like to welcome you to my blog (if you new here) and to day one of the blogging at to z challenge. Every April for the past couple of years bloggers are challenge to blog every day for the entire month of April on any topic they would like. This year my theme is going to be: My favorite things. It's not to late to join the blogging challenge. You can join us by going here http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/
But before I get started on the letter A. I'd like to tell you a little more about myself. My name is Carol and I been blogging since July 2009. Wow how time flies. When I am not blogging I'm either taking care of my hubby and furry children, drawing, or at working at school with special needs children.
Now on the the Blogging Challenge.
A is for Apple
Since my theme is favorite things I will be posting about some of my favorite foods as well as sharing some of my favorite recipes. Don't worry not all my post will be about food. Apples are one of my fruits.
1. Packing in quite a bit of soluble fiber (4 grams per medium apple) for a modest amount of calories (95) makes apples a filling, sweet snack.
2. Apples satisfy hunger for few calories so it's not surprising that they can be part of a healthy diet that promotes weight loss.
And in a recent study, dried apples also helped participants lose some weight.
Women who ate a cup of dried apples daily for a year lost some weight and lowered their cholesterol and heart disease markers.
3. Last year, the Iowa Women's Health Study reported that, among the 34,000-plus women it's been tracking for nearly 20 years, apples were associated with a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
Some years earlier, Finnish researchers studying dietary data collected over 28 years from 9,208 men and women found that frequent apple eaters had the lowest risk of suffering strokes compared with non-apple eaters.
Experts attribute the heart-healthy benefits to antioxidant compounds found in apples, which help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and inhibit inflammation. Plus, the soluble fiber in apples has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
4. People who eat apples may be less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
5. Eating an apple before you work out may boost your exercise endurance. Apples deliver an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.
I think the old adage is right. "An apple a day. Will keep the doctor away."
What are your favorite things that start with the letter A?