Apples are coated with waxes to increase its shelf life. It can be natural or artificial wax. Different coding is used for apples as given below
5 Digit Starting with 9 -> 9xxxx Organic
5 Digit Starting with 8 -> 8xxx Genetically Modified Fruit
4 Digit -> xxxx Conventionally Grown contains Pesticides
Diseases such as food poisoning, cholera, cold, cough, flu, poor digestion, jaundice, typhoid and dysentery are common, but undesirable companions during monsoon. All of us are more prone to infections when there is change of season. Therefore, it is important to take good care of your health as well as diet during monsoon.
Humidity levels are high during the monsoon because of which the capability of the body to digest is at its lowest. As digestion during monsoon is slow, eat moderately and only when hungry. Therefore, avoid heavy and oily food during the monsoon season as it can lead to stomach upsets. Always make sure that you do not overeat, ensure that you are only 75% full as this not only helps in easier digestion but also aids in proper absorption of nutrients.
Monsoon tip: Make a point to have fruits like chikku, bananas, apples, pomegranates, plums, pears and vegetables like carrots, radish and fenugreek a part of your regular diet as it improves digestion process.
Feeding the mind with the correct food can improve brain performance, as the brain uses carbohydrates for energy; omega-3 fatty acids for forming its cell structure and B vitamins play an essential role in brain function. Therefore foods rich in these nutrients must be incorporated in your diet to boost your memory and brain power.
Brain boosting foods
Here’s a new reason to munch on an apple a day; Apples are a leading source of quercetin, an antioxidant that keeps your brain fluids flowing by protecting your brain cells. According to a study, quercetin defends your brain cells from free radical attacks which can damage the outer lining of delicate neurons and eventually lead to cognitive decline. To get the most quercetin bang for your whole fruit, be sure to eat your apples with their skins that’s where you’ll find most of their quercetin.
Include: In the form of fruit salad, apple juice with skin, whole fruit as a dessert in your meal.
Fiber is an important component of a healthy balanced diet. Fiber is also known as roughage. It is the indigestible part of plant foods that pushes through our digestive system, absorbing water along the way and easing bowel movements. Fiber is not a nutrient and contains no calories or vitamins but necessary for a healthy and efficient digestive system.
How much insoluble and soluble fiber should I eat?
Insoluble vs. soluble fiber should be 75% to 25%, or 3 parts insoluble to every 1 part soluble. Most high-fiber containing foods usually have both types, present in it. In other words, your focus should be on fiber intake in general, rather than what type of fiber. If you consume 25g of fiber each day you should meet your daily requirements. Ideally, you should consume 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, as well as some servings of whole grain products, each day.
Sources of Soluble Fibres: Oats, barley and citrus fruits like oranges.
Sources of Insoluble Fibres: Fruits and vegetables like apples, cabbage, cucumber with skin, grapes, peas and corn kernels.
Plant foods contain thousands of natural chemicals called phytonutrients or phytochemicals. These are certain organic components of plants thought to promote human health. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas are rich sources of phytonutrients.
The types of flavonoids include:
Catechins: Found in green tea- helps in metabolism processes and control cholesterol and cancer.
Hesperidin: Found in citrus fruits act as an antioxidant, reduce inflammation and cancer risk.
Flavonols: Quercetin type of flavonol found in Apples, Berries, Grapes and Onions. It reduces risk of asthma, certain types of cancer and coronary heart disease.