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Monday, January 21, 2008

What I ate for breakfast

This is not the first time I've posted about what I've eaten for breakfast and I suppose it won't be the last. Today, I had a green apple and a variety of nuts, in addition to a third of a zero cholesterol, zero fat omelet (too many mushrooms in this one for me to continue eating it).

Nuts are great because they are a source of monounsaturated fat (in a prior post, I mentioned that monounsaturated fat has been linked to weight loss and a more efficient metabolism). And specific nuts can be great sources of certain nutrients. For example, brazil nuts supply selenium, a mineral and antioxidant.

Can you eat too many apples, though? As they say, too much of anything can potentially be harmful. In this case, that would probably mean eating apples and nothing else. Regarding myself, I probably eat three green apples a day. And the greener they are, the more I like them.

In addition to providing fiber, I recall reading that quercetin (bioflavonoid) is found in apples, as well as in bananas and onions. Studies seem to suggest that quercetin can lessen the inflammation that causes sinus pain and congestion. Quercetin supplements often contain bromelain. Bromelain, nicely enough, is an anti-inflammatory agent that boosts the absorption of quercetin.










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2 Comments:

At January 23, 2008 11:44 AM , Blogger wildcatsthree said...

yes, it seems there's good thinking behind the old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"

 
At January 24, 2008 11:46 AM , Blogger Vitamin Stuff Editor said...

My thought exactly!

 

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