Usually, we’re in the camp of “make peace, not war,” but when it comes to battling harmful illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, we want our army of antioxidants standing behind us. Since most of an apple’s antioxidants are in their peel, make sure to keep the skins on when you’re slicing and dicing.
Bad Cholesterol, Bye
Deemed the “miracle fruit” by researchers at Florida State University, it was discovered that older women who ate apples every day had 23% less bad cholesterol (LDL), and 4% more good cholesterol (HDL) after just six months. Apples also reduce inflammation levels. Both high cholesterol and inflammation are key factors in heart health, so eating apples is a win-win in the fight against cholesterol and heart disease.
Healthy #AF (Apple Fiber)
You want fiber? We’ve got fiber! A medium-sized apple contains 4 grams of fiber, which is 16% of the recommended intake for women and 11% of the recommended intake for men. Since apples are low in calories, they’re a great option to help you reach your fiber goal without loading up on cals. Eating fiber also slows digestion and makes you feel full. If you’re trying to trim up, eat an apple to stave off hunger and get your fix of fiber and nutrients.
Calcium and Vitamin D have been the recipients of strong-bone hype for years! A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that calcium and vitamin D should make room for apples, too! The research suggests that older women who eat plenty of fruits, including our beloved apples, may have a lower chance of bone fractures. Strong apples = strong bones.
“She’s A Brainiac, Brainiac”
Play chess. Learn something new. Get plenty of sleep. Keep your stress in check. These are all great steps to maintain a healthy brain and prevent debilitating diseases like dementia. Consuming apples, especially apple juice, is also a great way to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders and protect those precious brain cells.
Slim and Trim
Apples are no fad diet. Several studies have shown that low-calorie, high-fiber foods promote fullness, reduced calorie intake, and weight loss. ENTER THE APPLE! Next time those chips are calling your name, reach for a snack that will make you happy to the core!
All the Nutrients
Fiber and Calcium and Potassium, oh my! Apples are nutrient-rich powerhouses packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Fiber, Calcium, Potassium, and Phosphorus. These nutrients help bodies resist infectious illnesses, maintain red blood cells, prevent bad cholesterol from increasing, build strong bones, and keep the nervous system in good health. Boom!
These days, we’re doing everything we can to protect ourselves from illnesses like diabetes, Alzheimers, and cancer. Apples are a key contributor in helping avoid all of those diseases, and several studies have shown that eating at least one apple per day can significantly reduce the risk of ovarian, mouth, colon, throat, and breast cancer.
Not only do apples taste good—now we know they can even help you breathe. A UK study found that eating two to five apples a week gave people a 32% lower risk of asthma than people who ate less.