It seems like a new superfood pops up every week. When the buzz about nutrition benefits is constantly shifting from exotic options like goji berries or mangosteen, it can be easy to forget that regular, “boring” types of fruit are packed with health benefits, too! Grocery cart staples like apples, grapes, and cherries can pack a serious nutritional punch and help prevent common diseases.
The old saying about “an apple a day” keeping the doctor away might be true - at least when it comes to cardiologists. Apples and apple juice have been shown to assist in lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol while increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol. There is also research indicates apples can protect against asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), potentially because they are packed with flavonoid antioxidants.
Apples aren’t the only lunch box favorite that can help protect your health. Snacking on tasty grapes has benefits that apply to a variety of health problems, such as artery hardening, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Grapes do this by fighting inflammation in several ways, including acting as an antioxidant, reducing stress on cells, and blocking compounds called cytokines. Grapes are powerhouses for polyphenols, including resveratrol. Reservatrol is good news for your heart health and prevention of lung, breast, and other types of cancers.
Tart cherry juice has been getting some attention lately for its amazing benefits. Tart cherries contain numerous antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, aid in cancer prevention, and fight heart disease. Before you run to the grocery store, note that you would have to eat a huge amount of tart cherries to get the same benefits as just drinking their juice. And unfortunately, one serving of this juice contains about 140 calories and 25 grams of sugar. Luckily, we’ve de-sugared tart cherry juice - as well as apple and grape juice - for you!
Fruit juice is packed with important nutrients to support better health. The thing your body doesn’t need is the extra sugar, which can lead to weight gain (and a whole set of associated health problems.) Get the benefits, without the excess sugar!