Five Reasons to Eat More Apples

senior couple sharing an apple

Not only do Apples come in their own packaging – meaning you can eat the skin – they are also full of healthy nutrients. The skin is full of fiber, but it is important to wash them well to avoid any pesticides our others sprays used on them.

Red Delicious and Granny Smith apple varieties ranked 12th and 13th respectively by the USDA in a recent survey that investigated over 100 foods to measure their antioxidant concentration per serving size. Antioxidants are disease-fighting compounds. Scientists believe these compounds help prevent and repair oxidation damage that happens during normal cell activity. Apples are also full of a fiber called pectin — a medium-sized apple offers about four grams of fiber. Pectin is classed as a soluble, fermentable and viscous fiber, a combination that gives apples a huge list of health benefits.

1. Whiter, healthier teeth

Apples won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria. This is the single thing that causes most teeth issues.

2. Avoid Alzheimer’s

A study on the benefits of apples shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. The mice in the study that were fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.

3. Protect against Parkinson’s

Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fiber foods (ahem, apples) may be protected against Parkinson’s disease, a condition characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. Scientists have linked this to the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants contained therein.

4. Curb all sorts of cancers

Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 per cent. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds — triterpenoids — in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast.  Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. has recommended a high fiber intake to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

5. Decrease your risk of diabetes

Women who eat apples — at least one a day — are 28 per cent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. The reason this is a health benefit of apples is because this fruit is loaded with soluble fiber, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.

These are only a few of the health benefits offered by this popular fruit. I guess the old saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away may be true after all!

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