We have all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”‘ but there really is a lot of truth behind this phrase. Research and studies are constantly revealing the many health benefits that apples have.
Research has found that apples can reduce the symptoms of asthma. Wheezing, coughing and a tight chest are caused by inflammation and sensitivity of the airways. Adults who eat at least two apples per week can reduce their risk of asthma by up to one third. Similarly, children of mothers who ate apples during pregnancy were significantly less prone to asthma during their first five years.
Osteoporosis is a condition that is linked to ageing, the menopause, and people who do too little or too much exercise. A French study (performed on rats) found that a compound called phlorizin, found only in apples, prevents the bone loss that is associated with inflammation.
Apples are a great, inexpensive, easily transportable, and readily available snack. They have numerous health benefits and should be incorporated into your diet as often as possible.
Pectin contained in apples is known to help you to feel fuller for longer. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Ripe apples contain approximately 80% water and almost no fat.
Apples contain flavanoids which can help prevent coronary heart and cardiovascular disease.
Apples help to prevent tooth decay as the juice of an apple can kill approximately 80% of bacteria.
Apples help to promote hair growth and contribute to inhibiting age related problems such as wrinkles.
A recent study at Florida State University found that women who eat apples every day for a year or more are able to decrease their cholesterol levels by up to 14%. This is an excellent reduction.
With so many health benefits packed into such a small piece of fruit, try to incorporate apples into your diet as often as you can. It is important to remember to chew apples thoroughly as swallowing chunks, not properly chewed can put a strain on the stomach.
About.com have some delicious low-fat apple recipes that you may want to try, click the link below to view them.