An Apple (Or Two) A Day!

Just what are the benefits of eating an ‘apple a day’?

  • Apples have a high mineral and vitamin content ….  containing iron, calcium, potassium, silicon and phosphorus, vitamins B complex, A, C and B5.
  • They stimulate appetite, soothe the intestines and reduce constipation, are cleansing to the liver and gallbladder (softening gallstones) and help with nausea.
  • Apples improve the flora in the colon and inhibit the growth of disease-producing bacteria in the digestive tract.

  • The nutritional makeup of the apple prevents the body from releasing too much insulin.
  • Apples are considered a low-glycemic food and as such do not cause a rapid rise in blood sugar.
  • Apples contain a variety of strong antioxidants such as polyphenols, pectin, catechin and chlorogenic acid.
  • Quercetin is a natural anti-inflammatory and an anti-allergen, found only in the skin of the apple. The skin also contains more antioxidants and fibre than the flesh, so wash apples thoroughly and always eat with the skin on.
  • Recent research seems to indicate that eating apples may keep your cholesterol down.

All varieties of apples contain different nutritional and beneficial properties (there are more than 7500 varieties grown in the world).

For more information you can turn to  ‘Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits’  in the Nutrition Journal.

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