An Apple A Day Can Shed Pounds Away (But Not Just Any Apple)
It seems there are countless ways, tools, books and diets to lose the ever-encroaching pounds. What if I told you a specific type of apple a day can have a marked effect on your weight loss? The Granny Smith apple, it turns out, is the new media darling and for good reason. a recent study from Washington State University shows the green apple can help fight weight loss and obesity which gives you yet another reason to add a few extra to your grocery basket. All apples are, of course healthy, but what is it about the Granny Smith that has the world abuzz?
Researchers looked at other apples but chose the green Granny Smith as the one apple that surpasses all for weight loss and obesity.
It is powerful information researchers keep uncovering regarding our gut flora. They are finding that it doesn’t stop with weight loss. They know that certain bacteria, if weighted on the beneficial side, can create a better immune system and ready for this? A better mood! We know that 70% of our immune system resides in our gut and that our gut lining is where most of the neurotransmitter serotonin is created. You know those pesky butterflies you feel when nervous? Our gut is considered our ‘Second Brain’
So what exactly is it about the Granny Smith that has captured the adoration of researchers? These beauties for one are a low-sugar fruit and are brimming with nutritious fiber and polyphenols to help you feel fuller longer and shed pounds. But more remarkable is what they really found out: that the healthy good bacteria in our gut love green apples (the undigestible compounds in the Granny Smith apple) to thrive and multiply and this has a marked influence on our weight. Despite all the chewing, these compounds remain intact when they reach the colon unlike other apples. Creating a healthy balance of bacteria in the colon promotes metabolic processes that reduce inflammation and a of feeling of being satisfied.
Research Shows the Following Bernefits for Eating a Green Apple a Day:
- Eating an apple a day changes the flora in your gut to behave more like that of a lean person = less cravings and hunger.
- Apples contain a special fat-busting fiber called Pectin that keeps you hunger free for hours.
- Eating an apple before mealtime can lower your calories during your dining by as much as 15%.
You may already know about my fondness for fermented foods, prebiotics —foods such as artichokes, green apples, onions, sauerkraut, pickles whey protein and more, that improve the balance of healthy bacterial flora in the intestinal tract that equates to optimal health and weight loss. These prebiotics are foods, fiber or compounds that are fermented by bacteria in the colon after they’ve entered the digestive tract. You can add these food types to your diet to help create a virtual weight loss army in your colon These foods literally feed the good bacteria (and it doesn’t take much) and thus multiply and become a dominant player in helping you to reach your weight loss goals. Add a supplement form of a probiotic, and when used in combination with prebiotics, you will ensure a healthy gut that can lead to weight loss success. Add an apple a day to shed pounds away!
To Your Good Health,
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Lori Shemek, PhD, CNC, health and weight loss expert is the best-selling author of ‘Fire-Up Your Fat Burn!