Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Health Benefits of Apples

I think we have all heard the old adage of "An apple a day, helps keep the doctor away", and in many ways this can be true of this wonderful sweet fruit.  Apples have been around, well since the beginning and pack a powerful nutritional punch and have many other surprising health benefits.  Packing a good amount of soluble fiber into every apple (about 4 grams for a medium sized apple) and at only 95 calories for a medium sized apple they are a good choice for a healthy snack.  Listed below are a few surprising health benefits of this amazing fruit:

   

  1. Good source of Vitamin C - While it isn't the leader in vitamin C intake it still packs in about 14% of your daily vitamin C needs.  That can add up to a nice boost to your immune system as vitamin C is an essential ingredient in having a health immune system.
  2. Weight Loss - Apples contain about 4 grams of soluble fiber which helps fill you up and keep you full for longer and at only 95 calories per serving they can also help you lose weight.  This makes apples a great choice for a healthy balanced diet if you are trying to lose weight.
  3. Increase Exercise Endurance -  Eating an apple before you work out could help boost your overall exercise endurance.  Apples have an antioxidant called quercetin in them which helps the body distribute oxygen to the body and lungs more effectively which aids in your bodies ability for higher endurance.  
  4. Protect Against Metabolic Syndrome - Studies have shown that people who eat apples may be less likely to suffer from Metabolic Syndrome, a cluster of symptoms linked to heart disease and diabetes.  Joyce Hendley reported in Eating Well magazine that research showed that people who had eaten apples in any form over the past day were 27 percent less likely to have symptoms of metabolic syndrome than those who didn't.  The apple eaters also had lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation whose presence in the blood suggests an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. 
As you can see, apples have plenty of health benefits and should definitely be a mainstay in your overall healthy diet plan. With so many different varieties to choose from, apples won't be a boring choice either.  So, the next time you are in search of a snack that not only tastes good but is also good for your health too, look no further than the amazing apple.  

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