Eat a Banana &/or an Apple - Day 5 - Healthy Eating Challenge

Eat a Banana &/or an Apple - Day 5 - Healthy Eating Challenge

Melissa Diver

We are nearly through our first week and it was time for an easy challenge. Bananas and Apples are available all year round, are delicious, chock full of energy and generally very cheap. Every household should have a steady supply of these fruits for a quick and easy snack. These fruits are high in energy and calories. “What, Calories!” I can hear you cry, but calories are just a measurement they do not tell the whole story. In this case the calories are packed full of nutrients and fibre meaning it will keep you feeling full for longer and avoid snacking. Plus if you are exercising or just plain working hard, quality calories are key to working at your best abilities. 

Apples

There is an old saying that states “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. And it’s not too far from the truth with a multitude of health benefits. Some of the benefits include but are not limited too:

Whiter Healthier Teeth

Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.

Improved Digestion

Whether you can’t go to the bathroom or you just can’t stop, fibre found in apples can help. Fibre can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.

Detox Your Liver

There are many hangover cures out there, and enough detox diets to fill a library. But studies have shown the simple apple is extremely beneficial for improving liver function and moving those toxins on out of your body.

A Whole Lot More

Heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Cholesterol, Cancer, Diabetes and your Immune system are all improved with apple consumption.

Bananas

Bananas have all the same health benefits of apples. This comes as no surprise when you see the nutritional value of the humble banana. Personally we think Bananas are delicious and so easy to add to cereal, fruit salad or smoothies. One medium sized Banana has:

  • Potassium: 9% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 8% of the RDI.
  • Copper: 10% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 14% of the RDI.
  • Fiber: 12% of the RDI

*RDI – Recommended Dietary Intake

That’s a lot of good health packed into a small package. So grab a Banana, or an Apple or both and make sure you complete today’s easy eating challenge.