Health Benefits from Eating Apples
You’ve likely heard the old adage that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” more times than you can count. Actually, some truth might reside in this popular, rhyming statement. Colorful, crunchy apples are packed with health benefiting nutrients. If apples aren’t a regular staple in your diet, you might want to stock up on this delicious, juicy fruit during your next grocery run due to their following four benefits.
Help You Feel Full Longer
Apples are loaded with fiber. Besides aiding your digestive system, this healthful substance helps you feel full longer. So, to prevent your stomach from grumbling in the mid-afternoon hours, consider eating:
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- A tossed, green salad topped with apples
- A piece of turkey on whole grain bread and apple slices
- Apple slices with a serving of sharp, cheddar cheese
Decrease Your Cholesterol Levels
Besides helping you feel full longer, one of the types of fiber found in apples, pectin, is believed to help decrease LDL, or bad, cholesterol. The reason stems from pectin’s ability to help your body use LDL cholesterol rather than store it.
Help with Weight Management
Do you always peel your apples before you eat them? Interestingly, apple peels contain ursolic acid. This type of acid is thought to help decrease your risk of becoming obese. Besides ursolic acid, the peels also contain most of the fiber in an apple.
Boosts Immune System
Many people associate the consumption of citrus fruits with improved immune health. The reason resides in the high vitamin C content found in tropical fruits. However, apples also pack a good dose of Vitamin C. In fact, one cup of chopped apples contains5.7 milligrams, or 10 percent of your daily recommended value, of this beneficial vitamin. So, to boost your immune system, consider incorporating more citrus fruits and apples into your diet.
The apple is a scrumptious, versatile food you can enjoy eating every day of the week. To improve your health, start eating more of this tasty fruit today.
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