4 Impressive Health Benefits of Apples
While there may not be enough proof that eating an apple a day will keep you out of the doctor’s office, as the old proverb suggests, there’s no denying that this fruit is filled with lots of things that are good for your health.
Here are 4 interesting health benefits of apples:
- Apples and your heart. The water-soluble fiber in apples helps lower blood cholesterol levels and antioxidant compounds in the fruit inhibit inflammation and prevent plaque from forming on your artery walls. One study tracking over 34,000 women for 20 years found apples were linked to a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
- Apples and cancer. Research suggests that apples may help reduce the risk of various cancers, including breast, lung and colon cancer. There has been an especially close link shown between apples and a lower risk of lung cancer. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of apples likely have something to do with this, but more research still needs to be done.
- Apples and diabetes. Apples have soluble fiber and polyphenols, which can help control swings in blood sugar levels. One study showed that women who ate at least an apple a day were 28 percent less likely to develop diabetes. Another study of over 180,000 people found that people who ate 3 servings of fruit a week, including apples, pears, grapes, raisins or blueberries, had a 7 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Apples and your weight. At less than 100 calories for a medium apple and containing loads of fiber, apples offer a way to keep you feeling full without packing on the calories. One study found that people who ate apple slices at the beginning of a meal consumed an average of 200 calories less than people who didn’t eat apple slices. Maintaining a healthy weight has been shown to offer many health benefits.
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