8 Reasons To Eat an Apple a Day
We have heard of the adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” since childhood and it’s earned the “keep the doctor away” reputation, after all.
Some of the health benefits are listed below.
Cholesterol lowering benefits: A medium sized apple contains about 5 gms of soluble fiber linked to the lowering of “LDL Cholesterol” or the “Bad Cholesterol”. Soluble fiber attaches to cholesterol particles and takes them out of the body, helping to reduce overall cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.
Helps in weight loss: A growing body of evidence points to the fact that people who eat more fiber tend to have healthier body weights. The fiber in apples keeps you feeling full for a longer time without adding a lot of calories to your diet. This means that after a medium apple you are less likely to feel hungry in an hour’s time thus helping in cutting down the intake of total calories. So, why not have an apple in your diet plan for weight loss?
Cancer-fighting properties: Apples are a potent source of antioxidants – mainly polyphenols. Antioxidants are natural chemicals found in the foods that we eat and in our body. They help neutralize the dangerous free radicals that if not neutralized play a role in ageing and disease including cancer.
Regulates blood sugar levels: Studies show that fiber is protective against type 2 diabetes – meaning it helps in regulating the blood sugar levels. The fiber in apple slows down the digestion and absorption of sugar – fructose from apple, which enters the bloodstream slowly thus not raising the blood sugar levels rapidly.
Anti – asthma benefits: Multiple studies have shown that apple intake may be associated with decreased risk of asthma. This is due to the presence antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients found in them.
Aids digestion: The high fiber content in them ensures smooth bowel movements and helps in preventing constipation and other stomach disorders. Besides this, apples help in improving the functioning of the beneficial bacteria in our gut which leads to improved health by maximizing nutrient uptake and eliminating harmful bacteria and toxins.
Brain health: Apples contain Quercetin – a powerful antioxidant that protects the brain from degeneration and may play an important role in helping memory and lowering your chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
Can help in high blood pressure: Because apples are high in potassium, a mineral that helps control blood pressure, they can help in reducing the incidence of stroke. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke.
So, there you have…a lot of good reasons to eat an apple regularly if not one a day…
Some serving ideas from us –
• Add apple to your breakfast cereal or the oats porridge
• Add them to fresh fruit and vegetable salads
• Add apples in fruit custards for children – after all good nutrition for children is equally essential
• Apple with curd – as a dessert is a great way to end a meal