An apple a day….you know the rest

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“An apple a day really does keep the doctor away,” says Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. 

Apples are loaded with the powerful antioxidants quercetin and catechin, which protect cells from damage – that means a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, especially if you eat the skin.

apple stricc There is evidence an apple a day may also keep the dentist away since the chewing they require helps clean and straighten the teeth.

Research shows that the apple peel contains five times more polyphenols than the flesh. Apples and their skins pack a lot of fiber too (about twice that of other common fruits, including peaches, grapes, and grapefruit), which may help fight the battle of the bulge.

Apples have properties that no other fruits have and its benefits have been proven overtime. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines everything and makes it simpler. It has been shown over and over that if it’s not simple, easy and fast, people won’t take care of their health.

sweet apple Nine reasons to munch on apples:

1-Apple contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps greatly your immune system. A lot of people who lack Vitamin C in their diet have poor healing, bruise easily and have bleeding gums.

2-Prevent Heart Diseases. The reason it can prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease is because apples are rich in flavonoid. Flavonoids are also known for their antioxidant effects.

3-Low in calories. A regular size apple has between 70-100 calories. Eating an apple when craving for candy or chocolate can make the desire disappear since apple in itself contains sugar, but gives you only a fraction of the calories.

4-Prevent Cancers. Notice the plural. We all know that cancer comes in several forms and in different places. Apples target multiple cancers such as colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer in women.

5-Apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. They prevent LDL cholesterol from turning into oxidized LDL, a very dangerous form of bad cholesterol which can be deadly.

6-Prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is an infection that seriously damages the structure of your teeth, which is caused primarily because of bacteria. The juice of the apples has properties that can kill up to 80% of bacteria. So there you have it, an apple a day also keeps the dentist away!

7-Protects your brain from brain disease. This is something many people don’t know, and when you consider that your brain makes the person you are, it gives a whole new perspective. Apple has substances called phytonutrients, and these phytonutrients prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism.

8-Healthier Lungs. A research at the University of Nottingham Research shows that people who eat 5 apples or more per week has lower respiratory problems, including asthma.

9-They taste great! And not only that, they also come in many flavors and colors. Not in a mood for a green apple? Why not get a red one, or a macintosh! Their taste can vary greatly, but still give you all the apple benefits. Variety is an important element to maintaining your health.

3 thoughts on “An apple a day….you know the rest

  1. Em,

    When it began to get difficult to get my mother to eat, I tried everything to find a version of whatever it was that particularly appealed to her taste buds.

    Soooo…one time I brought home every variety of apple known to man (organic, of course), cut them up, and organized the pieces so that I could give her a taste test. Didn’t take the results as gospel until I replicated my scientific study, and got the same results. She picked New Zealand Braeburn apples hands down, both times.

    Recently we’ve been able to find some organic Braeburns from right here in the USA — from the state of Washington, matter of fact. They are slightly less delicious than the ones from New Zealand, but for the price difference, and to help the economy of the U.S.A., we think it’s well worth that slight difference in taste.

    I’m so ashamed as I have two perfectly good apples sitting a couple of arm lengths from here, yet I just downed two Enjoy Life cookies (free of my allergens) instead, even though they were four armlengths away.

    Next time I have a midnight snack, I’ll remember your admonition to eat those apples!

    Thanks so much! Cuz

  2. Pretty cool idea – the apple taste test. I’ll be looking for the Braeburns. I’m forcing myself to eat an apple a day. but fruit has never been my “thang.” I’ll take a cookies any day. Re. the bird – I thought a Cardinal and a red bird were interchangeable. Are they not the same? This whole bird thing is new to me.

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