Nutrition Focus of the Month
Forry’s Finest™ stone fruit and a great smoothie recipe
Tasty stone fruits—so-called because of the stone-like seed inside—make perfect snacks, as they tuck easily into lunch bags or picnic baskets. According to Reader’s Digest BEST Health, there are 5 healthy reasons to eat stone fruit. Here’s what they can do for your health:
Create collagenA cup (250 mL) of sliced apricots or plums has about one-quarter of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C helps the body form collagen (the main protein in connective tissue) in bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. It also helps to increase iron absorption.
Care for your nerves and your musclesBored with bananas but want to get enough potassium (key for proper nerve and muscle function)? Two small peaches have slightly more of this essential mineral than a medium banana.
Sharpen eyesightApricots are delicious raw, but their carotenoids—antioxidants that give the flesh its vibrant orange colour—become more available to the body when cooked. Beta-carotene, for one, converts to vitamin A to help maintain eyesight, skin membranes and immune function.
Strengthen bonesTwo plums contain about one tenth of your daily vitamin K, which helps maintain strong bones. Researchers have found that low levels of vitamin K are associated with an increased incidence of osteoarthritis in hands and knees.
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