Common apples for health are one of nature’s most potent healing foods and are readily available in a range of varieties to suit all tastes.
1 medium apple contains:
Fibre: 3 grams
Potassium: 160 milligrams
Vitamin C: 12%
Pectin: 9 – 10 grams
Apples for health have many benefits such as:
– lowers the blood pressure
– lowers cholesterol
– stabilizes bloody sugar
– dampens the appetite
– prevents constipation
– treats diarrhoea
– the juice kills infectious viruses
– prevents tooth decay
Due to their high Vitamin C content, apples are particularly good for those who need extra Vitamin C such as smokers, women on birth control pills and people wishing to boost their immune systems.
Apples contain virtually no saturated fat, cholesterol or sodium and are known to be one of the ‘heart-healthiest’ foods you can eat. The apple’s high soluble fibre content is responsible for helping to keep your cardiovascular system healthy. Approximately 25% of the apple’s fibre is in the form of ‘pectin’, which reduces the absorption of fat, which in turn lowers blood cholesterol levels.
Pectin also prevents blood sugar levels from swinging up and down, making apples ideal for those who wish to avoid rises in their blood sugar. Apples moderate blood sugar levels and insulin, lowering blood pressure. According to a Yale University study, just the smell of apples can reduce blood pressure.
Apples for health have the ability to keep blood glucose levels up and make you feel fuller than the equivalent amount of carbohydrate calories derived from other foods. This makes apples an excellent natural appetite suppressant.
Due to apple’s Vitamin C content, studies have found that people who eat more apples tend to suffer from fewer colds and viruses, fewer upper respiratory infections and less illness in general.
Apples are known to be a natural tooth cleanser as they help to clear away food debris and cut the risk of tooth decay. Apple skin contains ‘caffeic’ or ‘cholorogenic acid’ which has shown to be a potent cancer fighter.
If you are on a salt-restricted diet, avoid dried apples as they are high in sodium. Dried apples can cause an allergic reaction as they are sprayed with sulfites to preserve them.
* TIP: Sprinkle lemon juice over cut slices of raw apple to stop them from turning brown.
* NOTE: Apple juice is NOT a substitute!
Two to three apples should be eaten per day in order to lower blood cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and keep blood sugar levels steady. Red, Green Yellow apples for health are all great for you and wonderfully tasty!
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