An apple a day

By Published On: August 10th, 2012

We all know the rhyme, but here’s the real reason […]

We all know the rhyme, but here’s the real reason these tasty fruits are so good for you.
Nutritional jackpot
The average apple totals just 90 calories and boasts vitamins A, C and B6, as well as folic acid, potassium and niacin, in addition to being fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free. Containing as much fiber as a bowlful of cereal, this crunchy snack works to regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels.
Making smart choices
Apples top the list of foods exposed to pesticides, so when it comes to this healthy produce, organic is better!
Bacterial balance
The healthy dose of pectin (a type of dietary fiber) in an apple raises the amount of good bacteria in your system and leads to improved digestive health.
Exercise aid
The natural sugars in an apple deliver a quick energy boost, and the antioxidant quercetin found in the fruit helps your body provide oxygen to the lungs, upping your endurance during a workout.
Disease diminisher
Apples have been widely reported to reduce the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease, but studies have also found that apple eaters are less likely to suffer strokes.
Also, did you know? Apples are one of the few fruits that have been linked to a lower risk of developing lung cancer.
Keep the peel!
Two-thirds of an apple’s fiber content and loads of antioxidants are found in its exterior layer.