Benefits of Eating An Apple A Day

April 24, 2017

My fondness of eating apple started when we brought home the welcome fruits from our recent hotel staycation. Yesterday at the grocery I told my husband that we should start including fruits in our daily food intake. 

I've been snacking on apple lately. I prefer them peeled and cut into cubes and drizzled with Hershey's chocolate syrup. I know this is not the healthiest way to eat the apple but this is the only way as of the moment for me to enjoy the fruit. Can you suggest a healthier alternative?

Health Benefits of Apple

Weight loss

Apple is rich in fiber and low in calorie. A medium sized apple contains approximately 4 grams of fiber and only 95 calories. We all know that food rich in fiber are filling. Instead of snacking on junk foods or fast food, eat apple instead. If you are also reducing your carbohydrates intake, eat an apple before or after a meal to replace an extra serving or carbohydrates.

Good for the heart

Apple contains high soluble fiber that helps lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. It is actually the phenolic compound that is concentrated in the peel that prevents the cholesterol to build up in the arteries.

Lowers risk of type 2 diabetes

I was diagnosed with borderline type 2 diabetes in 2010 I was taking metformin and on a strict diet to save my health. Comprehensive Review of Apples and Apple Components and Their Relationship to Human Health ( revealed that the polyphenols content in apple helps prevent tissue damage to beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas. 

Good for the stomach

High fiber intake is one good way of detoxifying. Fiber helps clean your colon and regularize your bowel movement. Also, Chlorogenic acid and catechin are two compounds found in apple that helps protect the stomach lining if you are taking NSAID painkillers. Another stomach-friendly benefit of eating apple is the pectin that promotes the growth of good bacteria in the colon.

Healthy teeth and fresh breath

If you are not at home and have no time to brush your teeth after meal, eating an apple can help clean your teeth. The fiber in apple acts as your toothbrush as they scrub away the dirt from your teeth as you eat. 

Truly, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.