Apples are incredibly delicious, are amazing cooking ingredients and also have many amazing benefits—some of which you may not even be aware!
Though, if you want to fully benefit from all an apples health, don’t peel it. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Organic apples don’t cost an arm and a leg, and are a great snack. Or rock out the frugal food scene by picking your own apples or buying bulk. No organic? Peel your apples. More pesticides are found on apples than any other fruit or vegetable. Yes, they are number one of the “dirty dozen” list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce.
Satisfies cravings and keeps you fuller longer. Apples are naturally sweet and they also contain phytonutrients that help regulate and prevent spikes in your blood sugar. Low in calories and free of fat, sodium and cholesterol, you can feel good about eating them too!
Good source of dietary fiber. With 4 grams, eating one apple a day really helps you meet your fiber goals and the pectin, a soluble fiber regulates your body’s production and elimination of cholesterol, which is vital for the prevention of heart disease. The fiber also aids digestion, promoting digestive and bowel health.
Pack a big antioxidant punch. The antioxidant power of flavonoids in apples helps to prevent and repair damage to cells throughout out your body by stabilizing highly reactive free radicals. Key elements in preventing cancer!
Increase endurance. Apples also contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which affects the oxidation process in the muscles and allows oxygen to reach the lungs more easily. Eat an apple before a run and see how it affects your endurance!
Boost immune system. Apples are high in multiple vitamins and a good source of vitamin C–the original immune system booster. One medium apple provides about 14% of your daily-recommended intake!
Protect and improve brain function. Apples are believed to increase the production of acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter – so they may improve memory and protect brain health. They are also rich in quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cells from the type of damage that triggers neurodegenerative diseases.
Whiten teeth. Apples have a high concentration of malic acid, which is used in some toothpastes and teeth whitening products. Malic acid increases saliva, which cleanses your teeth and helps remove stains. So next time you eat an apple, make sure to chew it thoroughly for maximum benefits!
These are just a few of the health benefits of apples. With more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide, there is more than just one reason to eat an apple a day!