Want to drop a few pounds? It may sound counterintuitive, but there’s a before-meal snack that can give your weight-loss efforts a boost.
A recent study published in the journal Nutrition divided women into two groups. One group got an apple or a pear before meals, while the other group got an oat cookie. Aside from that, both groups were on the same reduced-calorie diet for 12 weeks.
At the end of the 12 weeks, the fruit eaters had lost an average of more than 2.6 pounds, while the cookie crunchers had insignificant weight loss. What’s more, the fruit eaters had a greater decrease in blood sugar levels.
Researchers believe the weight-loss secret of apples and pears lies in their high-water, high-fiber, yet low-calorie composition.
Shape up your health with organic apples and pears. But make sure you’re conscious of your sugar intake. A medium apple has 14 grams of sugar (72 calories, 19 carbs, 3 grams of fiber). A medium pear has 16 grams of sugar (96 calories, 26 carbs, 5 grams of fiber).[Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder and CEO of Healing Gourmet (www.healinggourmet.com), and is editor-in-chief of the Healing Gourmet book series. Learn more about how simple lifestyle choices can improve your health by reading ETR’s free natural health e-letter.]