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An Apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why?
We have all heard the phrase, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. We know that apples are good for our health. But, quite specifically why? Today, I’d like to discuss a little bit more about why it’s important to make apples a part of your daily meal plan.

Apples contain potassium, Vitamin A & C, fiber, sugar, protein, calcium and Iron. Apples should always be consumed along with the skin as they are loaded with vitamin C and insoluble fiber, which is the type of fiber that doesn't absorb water. This helps food move quickly through the digestive system as it provides bulk in the intestinal tract.

Consuming apples also benefit you in other way such as:

Healthier heart

Extensive research has linked the intake of high soluble fibre with a reduced buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in arteries. Apple skin which contains the Phenolic compound prevents the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls. When plaque builds inside your arteries, it reduces blood flow to your heart by clogging your arteries, leading to coronary artery disease.

Brighter smile

Apples contain fiber and water that act as cleansing agents. It contains malic acid that boosts saliva production. The production of saliva from biting and chewing will reduce tooth decay by reducing the level of bacteria in the mouth. They are also packed with vitamins and minerals that promote healthy teeth. The fibrous texture of apples also promotes healthier gums.

Helps in weight reduction

Several health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea are linked to being overweight. And a diet rich in fiber will help to manage weight and improve overall health.

One medium apple which contains less than 100 calories can help fill you up and can help with weight loss. Eating a whole apple rather than applesauce, apple juice or no apples at all will make you feel fuller.

Decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes

Apples contain polyphenols, a plant-based compound known for protecting against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Polyphenols also reduce the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, which in turn prevents the rapid increases in blood sugar. A medium-sized apple contains 25gms of carbs out of which 18gms is sugar. Most of the sugar found in apples is fructose and has very little effect on blood sugar.

Beat diarrhoea and constipation

Constipation has become an everyday problem. Apple contains a high concentration of pectin fibre which not only aids digestion but also regulates bowel movements.

Prevention of high blood pressure

Antioxidants such as flavonoids found in apples’ act as inhibitors and quercetin have protective effects on blood vessels to boost their elasticity.

So the next time you are at the supermarket make sure to pick yourself up some apples.

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