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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fiber Up!

What is it about that word that makes half of us cringe and the other half giggle? Fiber should be your friend whether or not you have beFriended it or not. Fiber is first class for diets to loose weight as it fills you up not out. And, if you have a blood sugar problem you should embrace fiber; it will keep you well balanced and sane. Fiber helps ward off chronic diseases, cancer and cardiovascular issues. With all these things going for it you'd think we would flock to get on the fiber apple cart and yet most of us only get about 14 grams when we need 25-35 grams. And, it's readily available; not like you have to slave for hours in the kitchen. So, re-think your take on fiber, after all it is getting close to resolution-time.

Let's take apples. An American staple. Here's a photo of the only apple to "make it" from my apple tree. Apples have more fiber than any other fruit, in fact, twice as much. And if you have a problem with cholesterol, apple is your guy. Just don't peel it. An apple has 3.5 grams of fiber but if you peel it you cut that more than half. And, for heavens sake, don't drink the juice instead: JUST EAT THE APPLE!
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