An Apple a day: It may not keep the doctor away, but it can certainly help! Apples are sweet, satisfying, and delicious, a sweet treat for as few as 80 calories. So it’s not surprising that they are a critical part of a healthy diet that fights disease and helps to promote weight loss. Here are some of the top health benefits of eating an apple a day:
Colon Cancer Prevention: The pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Liver Cancer Prevention: Research found that when animals were fed an extract from apple skins, they had a 57-percent lower risk of liver cancer.
Exercise Booster: Eating an apple before you work out may boost your exercise endurance. Apples deliver an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.
Bone Protection: Researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin, which is found only in apples, may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.
Alzheimer’s Prevention: Research has found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
Lower Cholesterol: The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.
Diabetes Management: The pectin in apples also supplies galacturonic acid to the body, which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
Weight Loss: Apples are high in fiber, which means regularly including them in your diet will help to keep you full longer for as few as 80calories. Incorporating high fiber fruits into your diet regularly will help you to maintain a heathy weight.
The best part is apples are in season right now. If you haven’t enjoyed one of our delicious Michigan apples, maybe you’ll try one now!