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Why Eve Was Right

You've heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There's more than that to staying healthy, but fresh fruit, considering that it tastes so good, also does a surprising amount of good things for your body, says Runner's World.

The beta carotene and vitamin C in most fruit function as "antioxidants," protecting cell walls from a natural degeneration process known as lipid peroxidation.

Most kinds of fruit provide a lot of fiber, too-both the insoluble kind, which can reduce the risk of colon cancer, and soluble fiber, which can lower your cholesterol. Most of the fiber doesn't survive "juicing," though. If you make your own juice, put some pulp back in the drink to recapture lost roughage.

Fruit can help you lose weight. Studies suggest that feelings of fullness after eating can be prolonged by eating fruit with a meal.

People with high blood pressure can benefit from a fruit-rich diet. They'll get high quantities of potassium, a mineral that helps balance the body's levels of fluid and sodium, and thus keeps blood pressure under control.

Best of all, fruit can get you back that get-up-and-go without making you feel your diet has got-up-and-went. Every half cup has 8 to 15 grams of energizing carbohydrates with only 30 to 60 calories-and no fat. That power pack of carbohydrates makes fruit a great choice for both recovering from and preparing for strenuous exercise.