Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?


You’ve likely heard this saying “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”,  more than you can count in your lifetime. And while it   may seem overused, Dr. Vikki Petersen, a certified clinical nutritionist, chiropractor and functional medicine doctor tells Bloom host Gayle Guyardo, it’s true!

Fruit is a great way to stay healthy, refreshed and energized during the busy and hot summer months.

Dr. Petersen, highlights the benefits of eating an adequate amount of fruits every single day on Bloom:

“On a daily basis you want to eat 2 to 3 servings of fresh fruit. Organic is preferred, and mandatory, if your preference is some of the Dirty Dozen fruits. The Dirty Dozen refers to 12 fruits and vegetables that are so laden with pesticides that they should be avoided unless they are organic. Apples, strawberries, nectarines, and peaches are a few that  fall into this category. Fresh fruit provides fiber, essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating fruit can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic inflammation,” says Dr. Vikki Petersen.

Here are the health benefits of Dr. Vikki Petersen’s top 5 favorite summer fruits:

#1: Berries
Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are high in fiber and the richest source of antioxidants, second only to pomegranate (not the easiest fruit to obtain or eat!). Antioxidants protect your cells from damage and improve your blood sugar and insulin response. This debunks a pervasive misconception that one should avoid fruit if you have diabetes. The opposite, in fact, is true.

#2: Apples
The old adage of “an apple a day” was accurate. Apples are special because they are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, thereby acting as a stabilizing force for your blood sugar while supporting gut health. Note: apples must be organic (due to the presence on the Dirty Dozen list) or they are not worth eating.

#3: Avocado
We often do not think of avocados as a fruit, but they hold a special place due to their high fiber content, low natural sugar levels and healthy fat content. The fat and fiber makes this fruit very satiating, and has been associated with weight loss. The special antioxidants present protect your heart, can lower cholesterol and support eye health.

#4: Oranges
Oranges and other citrus fruits are very rich in vitamin C, along with potassium and B vitamins. Eating a fresh orange can lower your inflammation, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Note: eat your orange, do not drink it in the form of juice, as many benefits are lost by juicing.

#5: Bananas
Bananas are easy to obtain and travel well. Beyond potassium, which they are best known for, bananas are rich in prebiotic fiber that feed healthy bacteria in your gut. The less ripe the banana the higher its resistant starch level and the better for your gut health.

Bloom airs in 40 more markets across the country, with a reach of approximately 36 million households, and in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Madison, WI.

You can watch Bloom in the Tampa Bay Market weekdays at Noon on WTTA: Spectrum 1006; Frontier 514; DirecTV 38; Dish 38; Comcast 43, and look for Bloom early mornings on WFLA News Channel 8.

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