Whether it’s going through Monday morning or arriving at 5 p.m. on Friday, it’s important to stay energized to help your body function. Energy supply allows your body to do a number of things important for its survival, including continuing essential body functions and assisting with physical activity and movement.
Although this is an important task, there are days when you will feel sluggish, as if your body is not mustering enough energy. There are ways to help regain energy, such as supplements and exercise. Particular foods and drinks can also play a big role in ensuring you have enough motivation throughout the day. According to Molly Hembree, MS, RD, LDRetail Dietitian Coordinator for Kroger and member of our Medical Expert Council, the best food to give you energy is fruit.
Fruit contains carbohydrates – a type of macronutrient found in some foods and drinks, including fiber, starches and sugars. As stated by the Cleveland Clinic, carbohydrates are essential dietary nutrients that your digestive system breaks down into glucose to give you the energy to function. Your bloodstream absorbs glucose and uses it as energy to fuel your body.
“Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred fuel source from food,” says Hembree. “Sugar, a type of carbohydrate, specifically provides quick energy to our cells. Rather than turning to sweets or candies, harness the power of fruit sugar.”
Hembree suggests that a great fruit for an energy boost is a medium sized apple. Apples are also easy for those on the go looking for quick food.
Apples are loaded with benefits, making them a great fruit to incorporate into your eating habits. It’s great for your gut, helping with weight loss, fighting inflammation, and boosting your immunity.
According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, one serving (equivalent to a medium apple) contains approximately 95 calories. It also contains zero grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 19 grams of natural sugar and 3 grams of fiber. Apples are an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, fiber that dissolves in water in the body and fiber that does not dissolve in water. They also contain a ton of vitamin C, which is helpful in infection control and wound healing, as well as a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize harmful free radicals.
The reason why apples give you a boost of energy when eaten is because of the high amount of sugar that a medium sized apple contains. Apples contain a natural type of simple sugar called fructose. Fructose acts as a direct source of energy for your body. The sugars and lots of fiber in the apple can help balance your blood sugar levels and give you sustained energy without blood sugar crashes.
Kayla Garritano is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That! She graduated from Hofstra University, where she majored in Journalism and earned a double minor in Marketing and Creative Writing. Read more