Friday, July 11, 2008

Day 103- Nutrition Bite

"Nutrients in apricots can help protect the heart and eyes, as well as provide the disease-fighting effects of fiber. The high beta-carotene and lycopene activity of apricots makes them important heart health foods. Both beta-carotene and lycopene protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation, which may help prevent heart disease.

Apricots contain nutrients such as vitamin A that promote good vision. Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant, quenches free radical damage to cells and tissues. Free radical damage can injure the eyes' lenses.

The degenerative effect of free radicals, or oxidative stress, may lead to cataracts or damage the blood supply to the eyes and cause macular degeneration. Researchers who studied over 50,000 registered nurses found women who had the highest vitamin A intake reduced the risk of developing cataracts nearly 40%.

Apricots are a good source of fiber, which has a wealth of benefits including preventing constipation and digestive conditions such as diverticulosis. Most Americans consume less than 10 grams of fiber per day. A healthy, whole foods diet should include apricots as a delicious way to increase your fiber intake."

Sugar Preacher's Experience
I love seasonal fruit!! Summer months are the best time to add seasonal fruit to your diet, such as berries, nectarines, and melons. Eat up and enjoy an abundance of fruits!

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