An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Know the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Well, it turns out there’s a reason for that phrase. Several, in fact. Here’s a just a few:

  • Research shows that apples contain a flavonoid called phloridzin, which is a powerful antioxidant that is only found in apples, and may protect women from developing osteoporosis.
  • Apples contain a high amount of vitamins and minerals that can strengthen blood.
  • One study shows that children born to women who consumed a regular amount of apples during their pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than those whose mothers’ did not eat apples.
  • 100 g of an apple has the same amount of antioxidants as 1,500 mg of vitamin C.
  • Apples contain pectin, another antioxidant which is shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
  • Those who eat two apples a day can lower their cholesterol by up to 16 percent.
  • Apples contain healthy acids that aid in digestion.
  • One study showed that women who ate at least three apples a day lost more weight while dieting, than those who didn’t eat apples.
  • Those who eat apples are shown to have a lower risk of lung cancer than those who do not.

It’s All in the Skin

Apples’ skin contains a powerful natural antioxidant called Quercetin. Quercetin is shown to help prevent liver and prostate cancer. It also works as natural antihistamine and can help reduce arthritis pain. The skin contains another potent antioxidant as well — Pectin. Pectin helps lower cholesterol the body’s need for insulin, aiding in diabetes management. Pectin also prevents protein buildup in the intestines from spoiling.

A Healthy Snack  

Apples are low in calories, fat, and sodium, and are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. The fiber in apples expands in your stomach, keeping you full longer; and as a  low-sodium snack, they help keep your water retention in check.

Apple Trivia

  • The average person consumes 65 apples a year.
  • The largest apple ever picked weighed three pounds, two ounces.
  • Apple skin contains more antioxidants and fiber than human flesh.
  • China is the highest producing apple country.
  • The average bushel of apples from an orchard cost $8.
  • Michigan is one of the top five apple producing states, along with Washington, New York, Pennsylvania and California.
  • Apple trees take five years to bear their first fruit.
  • There are more than 7500 kinds of apples grown in the world. Almost 2500 are grown in the U.S.
  • Half of the apples grown in the U.S. are turned into other apple products like juice or applesauce.
  • Red Delicious is the most popular and most produced apple variety in the U.S. Golden Delicious is the second.
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