Apples are cheap and readily available in most countries and almost every season. They come in an array of colors depending on the variety and their taste and texture vary too. Out of around 2,000 varieties, apples can be juicy and sweet to tangy.
You are probably familiar with the old saying, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, but is this true? Is there a link between eating apples and good health?
Apples, one of the most cultivated and consumed fruit worldwide, are rich in important antioxidants, dietary fiber, and flavonoids. Moreover, apples contain some of the most potent antioxidants, flavonoids, which help decrease the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
From essential nutrients, apples contain vitamins A and C, which support the immune system, vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting, and vitamin B7 that helps to break down fat. One more important compound found in apples is iodine that is involved in healthy thyroid function.
Most people eat apples to maintain a healthy digestive system even though they do not know why. It’s because of the dietary fiber pectin, a natural fiber that is found in most plants. The research published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that eating apples can decrease the cholesterol compared to apple juice.
Another study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics showed that even dried apples can have benefits. Consuming around 75 grams of dried apple, which is approximately two apples, can help to reduce cholesterol.
Remember – the juicing process removes the fiber and releases the sugar that is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Quercetin in apples can also help with lowering the risk of chronic diseases. Research published in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition found that people who eat apples have the higher quercetin levels and that this protective compound can decrease the risk of developing heart diseases.
I have already dedicated the time to research the benefits of apples, so you can find out more about other protective characteristics of this fruit in the article 10 amazing health benefits of apples.
How to buy apples?
It would be good to buy organic apples as they may be higher in antioxidants according to a research. Their shelf life lasts for several weeks on average thus store them away in a dark and cool place. When you keep apples in the fridge they will be fresher for longer.