10 Reasons to eat an apple a day

October 7, 2010

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by Jan McBarron M.D., N.D. (Health Headline News)

There are many wonderful things that I can say about apples.  If the fact that they are delicious and that they are readily available at the grocery store is not enough to convince you to eat an apple a day, let’s talk about some of the other things that apples do for us.

1.  Let’s start with pectin.  Pectin is something that apples contain that helps limit the amount of fat that your cells can absorb.  It also helps with keeping blood sugar levels in check and it makes the stomach empty more slowly so you will feel fuller longer.

2. Apples also contain antioxidants like vitamin C and quercitin.  These antioxidants may help to prevent metabolic syndrome which can lead to diabetes.

3.  Apples are an excellent source of fibre, which reduces cholesterol and aids digestion.Ripe apples are 80 per cent water and virtually fat free.

4. Apples contain minerals such as potassium, which regulates water balance and muscle function.

5. Apples could help fight cancer. Chemicals in the fruit have an effect which far outweighs that of taking only vitamin C. Scientists found 100g of apple gave an anti-oxidant effect equivalent to taking 1500mg of pure vitamin C.

6. Researchers have found apple juice appears to slow down a process that can lead to heart disease.  Apples are an excellent source of fibre, which reduces cholesterol and aids digestion.Ripe apples are 80 per cent water and virtually fat free.

7. Apples contain minerals such as potassium, which regulates water balance and muscle function.

8.  Flavonoids unique to apple – including phloridzin – are thought to play a potentially key role in the special ability of apples to support lung health

9. Apples could help fight cancer. Chemicals in the fruit have an effect which far outweighs that of taking only vitamin C. Scientists found 100g of apple gave an anti-oxidant effect equivalent to taking 1500mg of pure vitamin C.

10.  Researchers have found apple juice appears to slow down a process that can lead to heart disease.

Apple Recipes:

Baked Breakfast Apples

Apple Datee Turnovers

Cottage Cheese Dip With Apples

Waldorf Salad

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