An apple a day keeps the doctor away, the old adage says. There is a lot of truth in that old adage, eating an apple a day does provide health benefits and keep certain diseases at bay. Plus, apples are a delicious, perfectly portable, anytime snack.
Apples are a Slow Food
The firm flesh and fiber content of an apple demands a chewing commitment that slows down the eating process, giving the stomach time to send the brain the signal that it’s full before too many calories have been consumed. The natural sweeteners in apples enter the blood stream at a slow rate, helping to maintain an even level of blood sugar and insulin which keeps a person feeling fuller longer.
Apples Help You Breathe Easier
Apples promote lung health, thereby reducing the risk of asthma, lung cancer and other lung diseases that impair breathing. Studies have also revealed that when pregnant women ate an apple a day, their newborn babies were less likely to wheeze or develop asthma up until age five.
Apples Help Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Apples are rich in fiber and powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, both of which work to lower cholesterol and prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol which causes artery clogging plaque. The key to maximizing the cholesterol lowering health benefits of apples is to eat the skin of the apple, which contains multiple times more polyphenols than the apple flesh.
Apples Help Prevent Cancer
Again, the key to getting the highest cancer preventing compounds from apples is to eat the whole apple (minus the apple core) with the skin intact. Apples contain several compounds that restrict the growth of cancer cells. Eating an apple a day reduces the risk of oral and esophageal cancers, breast and ovarian cancers, prostate cancer and several other types of cancer.
Eating an Apple a Day Makes You Smarter
Apples boost the production of acetylcholine, a chemical that transmits messages between nerve cells. Eating an apple a day keeps the brain sharp as we age, increases memory and helps reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by keeping the nerve cells, the body’s message center, sending and receiving the right messages.
Eating one apple one time a day can keep you feeling fuller longer, breathing easier, reduce cholesterol, prevent cancer and make you smarter.