Forget the land of the free, America is becoming more and more known as the land of the apples! This statement initially may seem a bit a preposterous but slowly and surely the apple is infiltrating all areas of our everyday life from our apple laptops and iPhones to celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow naming their daughter Apple to skincare lines like Juice Beauty naming their premium products "Green Apple," and of course my current hot spot, The Big Apple! Foodies, entertainers, techies, entrepreneurs, and everyday people like myself can’t get enough of this juicy food! The bad news is that most Americans aren’t eating enough apples a week to reap the benefits, however the good news is that by consuming a whole apple 5 times a week it can provide amazing benefits to your health. America really is the land of free and opportunity for wealth, but if you don’t have your health what good is the wealth, so eating an apple day will give you health, which equals wealth! Read on to find out the wealth that apples bring to your health…
PROMOTES HEALTHY TEETH- Get whiter healthier teeth by biting and chewing an apple. The biting and chewing action stimulates saliva, which is great for teeth.
PROTECTS AGAINST PARKINSON’S- Research has shown that people who eat high fiber fruits like apples get protection from Parkinson’s.
FIGHTS THE WAR ON CANCER- Apples have a number of properties that may help reduce the risk of cancer, including anti-mutagenic activity, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory mechanisms, and flavonoids which prevent abnormal cells from growing exponentially.
HELPS HEART HEALTH- An extensive body of research has linked high soluble fiber intake with a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries.
REDUCES ASTHMA AND LUNG RELATED DISEASES- There is a strong correlation of antioxidants and phytochemicals in apples, such as flavanoids and phenolic acids which help calm inflammation in the airways. Also, the antioxidant quertin promotes healthier lungs and breathing.
PROMOTES HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL- Apples have pectin, which is a soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol.
AIDS IN A HEALTHY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM- The fiber in an apple treats constipation and diarrhea as well as neutralizes irritatable bowl syndrome.
REDUCES AND PREVENTS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE- Since apples are high in potassium a mineral that helps control blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke.
IMPROVES BRAIN HEALTH-Apples contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cells from degeneration in rats and might do the same in humans in diseases like Alzheimer’s. The fruit has been linked to an uptick in acetylcholine production which boosts brain health in memory.
BOOSTS IMMUNITY- Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin which boost and strengthen your immune system.
PROMOTES WEIGHTLOSS AND HEALTHY WEIGHT- Apples are a great snack to satisfy hunger without the extra calories. It has pectin, fiber, and is loaded with antioxidants which all help in maintaining an ideal thin. A medium apple contains 4 grams of fiber and is 95 calories and is equivalent to one cup of fruit, and 14 Percent of daily vitamin C.
IMPROVES EYE HEALTH- Studies show that those who have a diet rich in fruits with antioxidants are less likely to develop eye issues such as cataracts.
TIPS TO EATING AND BUYING THE RIGHT APPLE
Always leave the peel of the apple on because it has the highest amount of antioxidants
Try to go for organic apples, because apples are one of the most pesticide- contaminated fruits there is
Choose apples with shiny, and not dull skin because shiny apples will be crisp
Look for firm apples free of bruises
Refrigerate apples at 39 degrees F to maintain Crispness
Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe from He and She Eat Clean Blog
DISCLAIMER: The nutritional and well-being information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional nutritional or medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.