Crunch your way to health with an apple! There’s no easier way to add a dose of nutrition to your day.
You probably first experienced its delightful flavor as a baby, when applesauce introduced you to real food. And now, whether it’s a Granny Smith, a McIntosh, or a Red Delicious, you think of apples as old friends. Apples are grown throughout the world. They are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in sodium. In short, eating apples is a smart part of a healthy lifestyle.
5 Ways Apples Keep You Healthy
It Fills Your Tummy
Just one apple with its skin contains 4 to 5 grams of fiber – the most important nutrient in your digestive system. It keeps you feeling full so you can avoid that afternoon snack of potato chips or cookies. The average apple has only 80 calories while a serving of chips weighs in at 150 calories and you’ll get about 200 from just a few cookies. Think of the calories you’ll save!
Keeps Your Body Young
By now you know antioxidants can protect you from many of the diseases that seem to be a part of aging. In fact, so many people are taking supplements for antioxidant protection that it’s become a multibillion-dollar industry. But the evidence is mounting that whole foods can do more for you than pills.
A fresh apple has more than 15 times the antioxidant power of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C. And that’s just for starters! Research suggests an ordinary apple fights against colon and liver cancer. Unpeeled apples were especially effective. Why waste money on flavorless supplements when you can get better antioxidant firepower from a sweet, crunchy fruit?
Apples cut your risk of heart disease. The magnesium and potassium in apples help regulate your blood pressure and keep your heart beating steadily. And the naturally occurring antioxidants protect your artery walls from damage,keeping your blood flowing smoothly.
Strikes At The Heart of Strokes
Apples are even a smart choice for helping avoid strokes. Scientists found that people who regularly eat apples are less likely to have strokes than people who don’t.
Protects Your Joints
In areas of the world where fruits and vegetables make up a large part of the diet, very few people get arthritis. Nutrition experts think this is due in part to boron, a trace mineral in apples that is absorbed from the soil.
If you eat like most people, you’ll get about 1 to 2 milligrams (mg) of boron a day, mostly from non-citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, and nuts. Experts believe, however, you need anywhere from 3 to 10 mg a day to affect your risk of arthritis. To boost your boron, pair an apple with a few tablespoons of peanut butter and a large handful of raisins. Who doesn’t love apples with peanut butter and raisins?!
Helps You Breath Deeply
Your lungs are assaulted every day by cigarette smoke, air pollution, pollen and other air-borne nastiness. Or maybe you suffer from asthma, emphysema, or similar lung condition. If you want to take a deep breath, grab an apple.
Studies found those who ate five or more apples per week were able to fill their lungs with more air than those who didn’t eat apples. Experts believe you might be getting some special protection from the antioxidant quercetin. Unfortunately, eating apples can’t reverse a lung condition you already have, but you just might add a new line of defense against further damage.
Buy organic apples. Conventionally grown apples are sprayed with pesticides.
Try local heirloom varieties that can be found at your local farmers’ market! There are many varieties available that you do not usually see at the grocery store.
Get apples that are unbruised, firm and have good color.
Take them out of their plastic bag and store them in your refrigerator – loose in the produce bin or in a paper bag is best. And since they will absorb odors, keep them away from strong-smelling foods like garlic and onions.
If you’d like to learn more about apples and their health benefits, go to OrganicFacts.net.
And if you are looking for a delicious recipe, try my Yummy Super Easy Apple Crisp 🙂