AN APPLE A DAY
Doesn’t that picture of an apple kissed by rain drops make the fruit look desirable? You want to reach out, pluck it and eat it right up. You know autumn is apple season. Most varieties are now available at the grocery stores and the prices are at their very best (meaning at their lowest). Do you favor a tart variety like Granny Smith or do you prefer the sweeter varieties like Pink Lady or Ambrosia? But my question for you right now is, are they really as healthy as we are lead to believe?
Who remembers the old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Is that really true? I found this article titled, “10 Amazing Benefits of Eating Apples.” (http://mostdiets517.info/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-eating-apples/), and I believe it will convince us that yes, apples are beneficial to us.
This is what eating apples can do for us:
- Get whiter, healthier teeth. An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
- Avoid Alzheimer’s. A new study performed on mice shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Mice in the study that were fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.
- Protect against Parkinson’s. Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fiber foods gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. Scientists have linked this to the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants contained therein.
- Curb all sorts of cancers. Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavanol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 per cent. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds ‘triterpenoids’ in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Their earlier research found that extracts from whole apples can reduce the number and size of mammary tumors in rats. Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. has recommended a high fiber intake to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
- Decrease your risk of diabetes. Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fiber, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.
- Reduce cholesterol. The soluble fiber found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.
- Get a healthier heart. An extensive body of research has linked high soluble fiber intake with a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries. The phenolic compound found in apple skins also 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, leading to coronary artery disease.
- Prevent gallstones. Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain as a liquid, so it solidifies. They are particularly prevalent in the obese. To prevent gallstones, doctors recommend a diet high in fiber to help you control your weight and cholesterol levels.
- Beat diarrhea and constipation. Whether you can’t go to the bathroom or you just can’t stop, fiber found in apples can help. Fiber can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.
- Neutralize irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and bloating. To control these symptoms doctors recommend staying away from dairy and fatty foods while including a high intake of fiber in your diet.
Wow! I don’t know about you but I’m impressed with the lowly apple. And here is one more good reason to eat apples. I found this quote on Instagram today from the Medicalmedium, “Apples starve out bacteria, yeast, and mold from our gut.” That one issue is probably the one most of us suffer with and we might not even know it. Our gut health is of utmost importance. But that’s a discussion for another day.
For your health and mine, let’s add apples to our daily diet. 🙂
Bye for now.