10 Reasons WHY to Eat an Apple a Day?

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10 Reasons WHY to Eat an Apple a Day?

Find out why the common apple has uncommonly huge health benefits, and how to best enjoy them.

Your mom didn’t use the term powerfood but she knew about apples. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” was the first nutritional advice myself and many children heard from their moms.  For this reason, we call them “the first powerfood.”

Health Benefits of an Apple:

1. Apples are filled with soluble fiber  (5 grams)

  • This fiber has been shown to reduce intestinal disorders, including diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and possibly some types of cancer.
  • Helps control insulin levels by releasing sugar slowly into the bloodstream.
  • Cleanses and detoxifies, which helps eliminate heavy metals, such as lead and mercury.

2. The pectin in apples helps reduce cholesterol levels by lowering insulin secretion.

3. In two studies researchers found that eating five apples a week lowered the risk for respiratory diseases like asthma.

4. According to Chinese Medicine: Apples strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous and increase body fluids.

5.  Apple cider vinegar can help prevent the formation of kidney stones.

6. Studies indicate that eating apples daily can reduce skin diseases.

7. According to a Brazilian study, eating an apple before a meal helped women lose 33%  more weight than those who didn’t.

8. An apple has only 50-80 calories and has no fat or sodium.

9. Apples are packed with vitamins C, A, and flavonoids and with smaller amounts of phosphorus, iron,  and calcium.

10. Apples provide a source of potassium which may promote heart health.

So there you have it…lots of good reasons why it is good for you to eat an apple a day! I like apples so much that when I started living by myself I substituted those sugar laden cereals with one.

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Interesting facts:

  • There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples. When I lived in England I tasted many different and delicious apples that I never see in Canada.
  • The apple tree is a member of the rose family.
  • When you eat an apple you are consuming a lot of air; 25 percent of their volume is air!
  • Apples have 5 percent protein.
  • Their trees can live to be 100 years old!
  • The largest apple weighed three pounds.
  • In ancient Greece when a man proposed to a woman would he would toss her an apple and if she decided to catch it, it meant she accepted.
  • The original proverb about eating an apple a day, which came about in 1866, was: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
  • It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.

To get the most from eating powerfood apples:

  • Eat apples with skin to get the nutrients; many of the nutrients are in the skin or just under the skin (most of the vitamin C and vitamin A are in the skin).
  • Apples have been found to be the most heavily pesticide-contaminated produce products according to The Environmental Working Group. The most common pesticides found on apples are Permethrin and DDT. Non-organic apples are often waxed which is not digestible.  Try to buy organic apples or if you cannot, wash them thoroughly before use preferably with a fruit and vegetable wash or peel them.

Cautions:

  • The seeds from apples are toxic when eaten in high doses, they should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women and children.
  • The juice from the concentrate of apples can be full of arsenic when it is not organic according to Dr. Oz in his research. They did not find arsenic in the organic juice.

“Any fool can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count all the apples in one seed.” –Robert Schuller

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Copyright © Diana Herrington www.RealFoodforLife.com
By | 2017-10-29T15:42:19+00:00 April 12th, 2010|Nutrition, PowerFoods|5 Comments

About the Author:

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.

5 Comments

  1. Annie Sylvan April 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    no wonder I usually burp after eating one of these beauties-all that air!

  2. Diana April 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    You are funny Annie. 🙂

    Guess the thing is to eat them slowly and chew well.

  3. DrBillDean April 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    A sweet apple is balancing for all energetic physilogical patterns Everyone can eat an apple but not so with other fruits, such as banana, sour fruits, peaches So indeed the sweet apple is brings balance for everyone

  4. Ethel June 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I am very health conscious and I try to eat as healthy as possible most of the time. My favorite these days are smoothies, and green drinks. I will not tell you the ingredients until I get results. Thanks for your insights on eating right.

  5. Nazmul Hasan January 17, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Very interesting article 🙂 . I knew that apple is a healthy food.Thank you for your beautiful description of apples and their nutritional benefits.I have always enjoyed apples 🙂

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