I guess apples are one of the most common fruits known in the entire world and we all know the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” right? But do we know what really happens when we eat an apple every day?
At the moment there are more than 7000 types of apples known all over the world, different in colour, consistency, powderiness and properties but regardless of its variety and colour, apples are nutritional powerhouses and eating apples has been proven to help with everything from weight loss to heart health.
Apples are a health booster
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
First of all are a great source of vitamin C. According with Self’s Nutrition Data, a medium apple provides 14% of the recommended daily use of vitamin C, as well as 6% of your recommended potassium.
Apples are also full of flavonoids, naturally occurring chemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Apples are 85% water, and such they are hydrating as well as filling.
And because apples are also a great source of fiber, with 4.4 grams of fiber in every medium-sized fruit, they help to regulate your digestive system, they can also lower cholesterol, help control blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancers.
Another benefit of eating apples, is that is great for your gut health. A study of Washington State University showed that the non-digestible compounds in apples contribute to the growth of healthy bacteria that helps ward off viruses and other harmful bacteria.
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And what if I eat more than one apple a day?
Well, you can do that. Nutritionists suggest to consume 2 to 3 apples per day which won’t add too much sugar and can help cut cholesterol levels by 4% and can also help lose weight.
Craving for more apples?
While it might be safe to eat even more apples, there are also some downsides.
Moderation is the key.
As usual, moderation is the key.
According with LiveStrong eating too much fiber can cause bloating, and despite their low calorie count, too many apples can help you gain some weight.
Maybe an apple a day will not keep the doctor away but seems that daily apple eaters tend to take less medicines, according with JAMA study.
What about the apple juice?
Now, don’t be fooled. Eating 2 to 3 apples per day has lots of benefits but it’s not the same as drinking the apple juice.
It may taste delicious, but apple juice is high in sugar and low in fiber. This not only means missing out on fiber’s benefits for your digestive system, but it means apple juice will leave you feeling hungry sooner than if you ate an apple instead.
Do you want the maximum health benefit from apples?
Then simply don’t peel them! The most fiber and nutrients of the apples are in their skin.
Eating an apple a day it may not keep the doctor away but it will make your body happy.
It’s easy to understand why apples have earned their place as one of the most convenient healthy snacks.