5 Health Benefits of Apples
September marks the start of one of my favorite times of the year - Apple Picking Season!! There are many reasons why Autumn is one of the best seasons and being able to go to an orchard and pick fresh apples is just one of them. Imagine how pleased I was to find out that one of my favorite fruits is also super healthy for you.
A medium sized apple is only around 95 calories and contains less than a gram of fat. Coupled with it's high fiber content makes this simple fruit an ideal addition to a weight loss program. Studies have shown that eating 2 - 3 apples a day can help you lose 1/2 a pound a week with no other alterations to your diet. High fiber foods also help you feel full longer. Eating an apple as a snack between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner is perfect for curbing cravings and will help you eat less for bigger meals.
What is a flavanoid?
Powerful antioxidant found in plants. Research has also shown them to have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties in addition to cancer fighting abilities.
Reduces Risk of Cancer
Studies have also shown that including apples in your diet can significantly decrease the risk of developing several types of cancer including lung, breast, colon and liver. It is believed that the high number of flavonoids quercetin and naringin contribute to this. The high fiber count is especially good for reducing colon cancer as it helps to detox your bowels.
Boost Immune System
Quercetin has also been found to help boost the immune system and help fortify the body against diseases. Coupled with a high count of soluble fiber makes apples a staple for helping to stay healthy while the weather starts to get colder.
Fiber is the number one friend for anyone suffering from IBS and at about 4.5 grams per apple they are a fantastic source. I suffer for IBS and after coming home from apple picking and eating 2 apples a day for 4 days straight I have already seen a significant improvement in my digestive health.
Regulate Sugar Levels
The skin of apples contains a complex carbohydrate called pectin which helps slow the release of sugar into the blood stream. This eliminates sugar spikes that would cause the body to produce more insulin. This is especially helpful for diabetics who already have a problem producing insulin or those that are pre-diabetic.
An Apple a Day...
Many have heard the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". It's no surprise why when you look at all the things one little fruit can make you healthier. In addition to all the reasons mentioned there are so many other great health benefits including whitening your teeth, reducing cholesterol, preventing gallstones and fighting bad breath. It is fortunate that this super fruit also tastes fantastic!