Fitness matters

Expert answers to your health and wellness questions

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Question: What’s the difference between dried and fresh fruit?

Answer: Dried fruit contains many of the healthy phytochemicals that fresh fruit contains, however depending on the drying process, they may lose some of their vitamin content. The main concern is in portion control. The drying process concentrates the natural sugars present in the fruit so the dried fruit ends up having a higher caloric content than fresh fruit on a gram-per-gram basis. Use dried fruit in moderation to spice up meals and in some healthy snacks.

Question: What foods can I eat that boots my metabolism?

Answer: In addition to being loaded in vitamins A, B6, C and K, chilies can work wonders on weight loss. Eating chilies with meals boosts your metabolism by as much as 30 percent and the effect can last up to five hours after your meal. Chilies also replace cravings for fats and sugars, says Heidi Allison, author of The Chili Pepper Diet.

Amy & Patrick Carpenter are the owners of Anytime Fitness locations in Churubusco, Columbia City, Bluffton and Huntington. They are lifelong residents of the area, small business owners, and are dedicated to helping all of us get to a healthier place.