The Health Benefits of Apples

Everyone knows the saying, An apple a day keeps the doctor away, IMG_20140219_215147_054but many people don’t know how true this saying really is.  In all my years on this earth I have yet to find a kind of apple I don’t like.  I love apples by themselves, or in a fruit salad.  Another favorite of mine is apple slices dipped in peanut butter.

Today I wanted to share some of the health benefits of apples.  The information below comes from besthealthmag.ca.  Some benefits you may know about and some you may not.  Read on to find out the many benefits of eating apples.

1.  Research has shown that people who eat fruits, such as apples, which are high in fiber, gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. Scientists have linked this to the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants contained in apples, as well as many other fruits.

2.  Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 percent.  Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds—triterpenoids—in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast.

3.  Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples.  Apples are loaded with soluble fiber, which is the key to sharp spikes in blood sugar.

4.  The soluble fiber found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels.

5.  Apples may help to prevent gallstones from forming.  Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain as a liquid, so it solidifies.  Apples are high in fiber and can help break down the bile.

6.  Apples help to detoxify your liver and keep it working properly.

7.  Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.

8.  Recent long-term studies suggest that people who have a diet rich in fruits that contain antioxidants—like apples—are 10 to 15 percent less likely to develop cataracts.

As you can see there are many benefits to eating apples.IMG_20140219_215028_328  The fiber content alone is reason enough to eat more apples.  I encourage you to pick up some apples the next time you’re at the grocery store.  They are a great alternative when it comes to wanting something sweet to snack on and you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them.

Below are some recipes which contain apples.  Give them a try.

Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Tangy Apple Chicken Loaf.  One of the comments said they used ground turkey instead of ground chicken.  I want to try this.  It sounds really good.

Roasted Potatoes and Apples.  I bet carrots added would be really good too.

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