Protect everything from your liver to your figure with these essential, slimming selections.
When it comes to eating well, most of us have a huge blind spot. We cut calories wherever we can, try to turn down the donuts in the break room, but forget to load up on fruits and veggies. We’re here to guide you back into the produce section of your grocery store—and not just because it’s the slimmest section of the store. Sure, fruits and vegetables help you lose weight quickly, but they do something equally important for day-to-day functioning: they give you the vitamins and minerals you need for your body to work effectively and efficiently. If you’re forgetting these foods, you’re also missing out on antioxidants and phytochemicals your body needs for optimum health—and no, canned fruit and fruit juices don’t count.
Get back in the game with these better-body picks. They’re sweet additions to your diet that will keep your body humming and, yes, even help you shed a few pounds.
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There aren’t many things that are a better choice for on-the-go snacking than apples. One medium-size apple is packed with four grams of soluble fiber—17 percent of the Daily Value (DV). “This is important for colon health and controlling blood sugar levels,” says Elson Haas, M.D., author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition. “It’s also a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C.” Apples also contain a compound called quercetin, which has antihistamine and antiallergy properties. If possible, check your local farmers’ market; there, you’ll find varieties well beyond basic Gala and Granny Smith.