We love celebrating National Apple Month in October! The delicious, crunchy apple is one of the most popular and favorite fruits! In addition to being convenient and delicious, apples offer many health benefits:
- Weight Loss – The average medium-size apple has 95 calories. They are high in fiber and tend to make your feel more full.
- Heart Health – According to the Florida State Study and Iowa Women’s Study (tracking 34,000 women for over 20 years), apples were associated with a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. There is also a Finnish dietary study (9028 men and women over 28 years) that showed apple eaters had the lowest risk of suffering strokes compared with non-apple eaters.
- Decrease Risk of Diabetes – Apples are loaded with soluble fiber which helps with blood sugar swings. Some studies show that women who eat apples are 28% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those that do not eat apples.
- Good Source for Disease-Fighting Antioxidants – In 2004, USDA scientists researched over 100 foods to measure their concentration of antioxidants. Two apples – Red Delicious and Granny Smith – were ranked 12th and 13th. Scientists believe antioxidants to be disease-fighting compounds that help prevent and repair oxidation damage that occurs during normal cell activity.
- Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals – Apples are a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin and vitamin B-6. They also contain good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene. Small amounts of minerals like potassium, phosphorus and calcium are found in apples.
- Exercise Extender – Eating an apple before you work out may boost your exercise endurance.
As the old saying goes, “An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away”. The list above shows several reasons why.