An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. How true!! Consider this about our ever present apples…..
Polyphenols– these are certain important nutrients that are very beneficial to health and mostly play a protective role (Fruits are protective foods, aren’t they). They include flavonoids, anthocyanins among others. Research shows that these polyphenols are actually able to regulate sugar levels and avoid spikes.
Antioxidant benefits- The polyphenols above alsofunction as antioxidants. Particularly strong is the ability of apples to decrease oxidation of cell membrane fats. This benefit is especially important in our cardiovascular system since oxidation of fat in the membranes of cells that line our blood vessels is a primary risk factor for clogging of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and other cardiovascular problems. Apples’ strong antioxidant benefits are also related to their ability to lower risk of asthma in numerous studies, and their ability to lower risk of lung cancer. In addition to their unusual polyphenol composition, apples also provides us with about 8 milligrams of vitamin C. While that amount is not a lot, it’s still important, especially since the recycling of vitamin C in our body depends on the presence of flavonoids and apples do an amazing job of providing us with those flavonoids. (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=15)
Anti cancer- Research presents evidence of lowered cancer risk with fruit and vegetable consumption. Of high importance here though is the ability of apples to reduce risk of lung cancer . It is not yet well known why apples have a strong effect on the risk of lung cancer, though the richness in antioxidants is definitely a factor, but research is ongoing to establish facts in relation to this.
Satiety – An apple a few minutes before a meal is enough to reduce the amount of calories to be consumed during that meal because of the satiety it gives. Good news for the weight watchers
Be sure to eat the whole apple for maximum benefits! Have an apple today!