We are all too familiar with that phrase. For most of my childhood I was tricked into believing apples will make me grow big and strong. But finally! I get to see the facts behind the all too familiar statement.
All the food fundi’s out there would know that we require a daily intake of between 24 – 40 grams of fibre. Did you know a medium sized apple of any class provides at least 4g of fibre? Amazing isn’t it?? This is only one amongst many benefits which apples holds to healthy living. Here are some other great health benefits of apples:
- By simply biting into an apple, the production of saliva in the mouth is stimulated; therefore lowering bacteria and plaque build up. And we all know what this means…bye bye dental caries! Apples therefore keeps our teeth strong, white and healthy. But of course this works in conjunction with the “toothbrush” J.
- Studies have shown that sipping on apple juice on regular occasions can in fact fight the effect of aging on the brain. This is excellent news to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease – apple juice won’t cure it, but can make it easier living with it.
- Because apples are fairly good sources of fibre, eating fibre rich fruits and foods is generally associated with protecting against Parkinson disease. This is due to the fact that the chemical make up of apples have the ability to fight free radicals and contains a number of natural antioxidants = Brain power.
- Because it is so rich in antioxidants, it can fight certain cancers. Antioxidants after all fights free radicals, substances producing toxins in our body which can eventually lead to the growth of cancerous cells.
- It was found that women who ate an apple everyday had a reduced risk of obtaining Type 2 Diabetes (lifestyle related diabetes). This is a fact as apples are high in soluble fibre which rounds off blood sugar swings. In turn, it is also a good weigh to shed some pounds as snacking on fruits is a healthier option than snacking on sugary, refined snack products.
- An apple a day, everyday may reduce cholesterol levels as the soluble fibre in apples binds with the fats within the small intestine. In turn, it keeps your heart healthy and beating to the rhythm of life.
- Apples can prevent the formation of gall stones as a diet high in fibre works against gall stone formation.
- Again, the fibre content in apples makes going to the loo a less painful experience as it works against constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and hemorrhoids.
These are amongst the many health benefits of apples. Its generous amount of fibre is what makes it a great snack to include in your diet. So do not hesitate to take a bite and seduce yourself with its wholesomeness…