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Antioxidant Showdown: Hershey’s Vs. An Apple

By on Jan 28, 2018 in 21st Century Nutrition, Baby Boomers, HEALTH AND WELLNESS |

By Laura Moncur

I am just about sick of chocolate bar companies bragging about the antioxidant power of chocolate. I got a promotional email from Hershey’s and The Best Life.

Let’s look at the nutrition facts for the candy bar, shall we?

What about those magical antioxidant properties of chocolate?

The most important antioxidants are beta carotene (provitamin A), vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and proanthocyanidin (or procyanidin). Of these, chocolate has only procyanidin, or Vitamin P as it is starting to be called. If you look at the nutrition facts, Hershey’s has no Vitamin A or C. The other three antioxidants aren’t listed on the nutrition facts label.

Chocolate is known to have procyanidin, but it is by no means the highest in that antioxidant. That award goes to black chokecherries, but they are a little difficult to find at your local grocery store. A granny smith apple, however, is VERY easy to find. How does it compete against Hershey’s?

A medium apple is only 80 calories, has 2% of the Vitamin A and 20% of the vitamin C you need for the day. It also doesn’t show how much procyanidin it has, but considering that there is zero fat and five grams of fiber, the apple beats Hershey’s hands down.

Source Starling Fitness

Dr. Wegmann

Dr. Michael Wegmann’s Thoughts:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Advice few people take today. I love apples. I regularly preach about the importance of apples. I try to get one in everyday. Some days I don’t, but I always have it on my mind.

Did you know doctor means teacher in Latin? I have been asking my patients this week when was the last time your “medical” doctor taught you anything? You can imagine the answers I got today.

I am very proud to be a chiropractor. Chiropractic was never designed to replace anything. It was created to facilitate the bodies own healing capacity. In 1938 B.J. Palmer (Developer of Chiropractic) said “the hardest thing to teach your patients is that all healing comes from within”. What do you think the hardest thing to teach people today is? Your right! All healing come from within. We are taught in America that our health is someone else’s responsibility. There’s this cultural tendency is the US to wait until we have a disease to take action. This mentality is exactly why the US is one of the sickest nations on the planet.