An apple a day keeps the Doctor away right? Well, that may be more true than you realise. Not only is an apple one of your five-a-day, it’s also a health promoting, disease-fighting superfood.
What Are The Health Benefits of Apples?
To name a few, apples:
- Reduce LDL cholesterol
- Protect against cancer
- Promote balanced gut flora
- Promote healthy digestion
- Provide a large amount of phytonutrients (more on those in a minute)
Reduction in LDL Cholesterol
Apples can be quite effective at reducing cholesterol. Whether you have elevated cholesterol or not, how hard is it to eat an apple a day?
Protection Against Cancer
Consuming apples regularly protects against cancer of the lungs, bowels, mouth, digestive tract and breasts, making it one of the easiest things you can do to cut your risk of developing cancer.
Promotion Of Healthy Gut Flora
Healthy gut flora is actually really important to our health. For millennia it was thought that disease started in the gut and much of science has come to confirm this. Bad gut health can cause or affect outcomes of a number of diseases such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases.
It’s hard to come to terms with how much we depend on good gut health, but gut bacteria actually manufacture a number of the substances that we need in order to survive. Keeping everything in order is therefore very important.
The phytonutrients in apples provide a dose of good bacteria as well as the materials needed for bacteria to thrive. An apple a day is a great way of improving or maintaining your gut health.
Promotion Of Healthy Digestion
A single apple contains just under a fifth of your daily fibre requirements. It’s a pretty easy way to top up your fibre intake.
Very Good Source Of Phytonutrients
Apples contain over 20 different phytonutrients and a large apple contains almost half a gram of them! (Doesn’t sound like much, but trust me it is)
The phytonutrients are responsible for a lot of the above-mentioned benefits and what could be easier for getting them into your diet than a daily apple?
Decrease your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, improve your digestive health and general wellbeing, eat an apple!
Plus it’s on my ‘under 100 calories’ list!