Ever wondered about the quote, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?
Well I can already tell you now that it’s very true indeed.
Apples or Malus Domestica contain fantastic healthy beneficial nutrients that are not only essential for growth healthy lifestyle but also prevent diseases! So here are some reasons why we should be eating at least one apple a day.
Apple are extremely low in calories, 100g of the sliced fruit will only consume your daily calorie intake by 50 and most of that will be used up during digestion anyways! None of those 50 calories contain any saturated fats or cholesterol. In fact, it’s all dietary fibre that actually helps the absorption of dietary LDL cholesterol in the gut. So for those of you who have high cholesterol, apples are your best food buddy.
Dietary fibres will also help the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances, which bind to cancer.
The fruit contains large natural amounts of Vitamin C and beta-carotene (Vitamin A). Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight infections in the body and heals it. It also chases away pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
Apples are also rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenols. The total antioxidant strength found in 100g of apples estimated at approximately 5900 TE. That’s a big number!
Tartaric acid gives the apple that yummy flavor but also helps the body protect itself from harmful free radicals that can cause cell destruction. This can lead to disruption and/or death of the cell and apples will help you prevent that from happening!
Another plus is apples are thriving in B-Complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin and pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6). These vitamins help as important co-factors for enzymes during metabolism and other synthetic functions in the body.
Lastly, apples contain potassium, calcium and phosphorus, although in small doses. Potassium is important in cells and body fluids as it helps control heart rate and blood pressure, countering the bad effects of sodium.