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The Power of Fruit
Newsletter by Nutrisystem Staff
Which favorites pack an antioxidant punch?
You know that on the NutriSystem program, a tasty benefit is that you get to eat lots and lots of fruit. And now that it’s summer, it’s the peak time for you to choose from a variety of summer fruits. But did you ever wonder which are best for you? Have you ever thought about whether blueberries or cherries are best for your body? Oranges or strawberries?
We all know that fruits give us plenty of Vitamin C. However, a key to unlocking the benefits of fruit could be knowing how high it scores on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity) chart, which calculates its antioxidant power; the higher, the better. Summer fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries (which are crammed with phytonutrients, nutrients found in the skins of fruits and vegetables), have very high ORAC scores, which means that including them in your diet could help preserve your body and brain longer.
The added beauty of these findings? Because their sugars are naturally occurring, most high-antioxidant fruits are also low-glycemic! That means that if you have a serving size of your favorite berries every day this summer, you could very well be helping your long-term health while all the while staying on program! And there’s nothing like the real thing: since such fruits also give you much-needed fiber, you’re better off eating that delicious orange than drinking orange juice.
So whether you’re picnicking in that hot summer sun, relaxing with a light lunch by the pool, or staying cool indoors, make sure to feed your body right with plenty of fruit
Here Are Some Simple Recipes To Spice Up Fruit
Are you bored with just plain fruit? With simple additions, you can turn fruit into an extra special treat.
A warm-up that apple (sliced) in the microwave then add some Splenda & Cinnamon
Warmed an apple with Splenda and Cinnamon (with a pinch of Allspice), then pour fat-free yogurt over it and topped it with NutriSystem Lowfat Granola Cereal.
Fall is a great time for apples!