An Apple a day
You may have heard the English saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, which apparently originated in Wales at the end of the 19th Century. They obviously didn’t have access to the nutritional facts that we do but seems like even all those years ago they were on the right tracks.
Apples certainly have a good claim to promoting health.
Apples contain a number of phytonutrients in high amounts, and these include vitamin A, vitamin E and beta carotene which suppress the activities of free radicals that can cause serious damage to your body, and they can contribute to the prevention of serious illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma.
Apples are rich in flavonoids which are known for their antioxidant effects which can help to prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Quercetin is a flavonoid that has the potential to prevent many different types of cancer, ranging from breast cancer to lung cancer. It may also be effective in combating free radicals that can cause age-related diseases. It has also been suggested by Cornell University researchers that the quercetin found in apples protects brain cells against neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease.
The high pectin content in apples is a type of soluble fibre that works to maintain a healthy digestive system. It can also reduce “bad” cholesterol and glucose levels as well as blood pressure.
The vitamin C that is present in apples is an essential nutrient that offers numerous health benefits. Its most important function is protecting the immune system, and it can make your body more resistant to a wide variety of diseases, which can range from eye disease to cancer. It is also effective in preventing skin wrinkling.
Apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. They prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol from turning into oxidised LDL, a very dangerous form of bad cholesterol which can be deadly.
The juice of the apples has properties that can kill up to 80% of bacteria that cause tooth decay an infection that seriously damages the structure of your teeth.
A study at the University of Nottingham shows that people who eat 5 apples or more per week have lower respiratory problems, including asthma.
A regular size apple has between 70-100 calories. Eating an apple when craving for sweets or chocolate can make the desire disappear since apple in itself contains sugar, but gives you only ¼ of the calories.
If taken literally, the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” probably means that you will never fall ill if you eat an apple a day. While apples bring lots of health benefits, they cannot prevent all health problems from occurring. However, by eating an apple every day you will certainly be doing your body more good than harm. It is a good idea to include a variety of fruits in your daily diet, you should also try to eat citrus fruits, tropical fruits and berries, which are known to be highly nutritional.