Here at Gourmosa it’s no secret that we love apples, that’s why we use them as a main ingredient in our fruit chaat. There is however a good reason for this love! Sometimes apples can seem unappealing and common, easily traded for more exciting fruits, yet they have surprising nutritional benefits that justify the famous “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” proverb.
Apples are a good source of Vitamin C and B, at about 8 milligrams and 4 milligrams, respectively, per one medium sized fruit. Most of these vitamins are in the skin so you should try to eat it with the skin for maximum absorption of these important vitamins.
- Lower Cholesterol
Apples have antioxidant compounds and soluble fibres which help prevent LDL, the bad cholesterol we all aim to avoid, while restraining inflammations. Eating apples has also been found to help with coronary heart disease as well as cardiovascular disease.
- Help With Portion Control
When healthy adults consumed one medium-sized apple approximately 15 minutes before a meal, their caloric intake at that meal decreased by an average of 15%.
- Boosts your Endurance
Eating an apple before you work out may be just the boost your exercise endurance needs, due to its high soluble fibre content.
- Fight Cancer
In 2004 webMD reported that a chemical in apples, called triterpenoids, helps prevent colon cancer. In 2007 Cornell reported that same component also help prevent liver and breast cancer.
- Miscellaneous Advantages
Apples seem to be good all around: from detoxifying your liver, preventing cataracts later in life, prevent gallstones, control weight and boost immune system. For an often disregarded fruit it sure does a lot, so do yourself a favor and go eat an apple, or two.
Now you know why you should eat as many apples as you can, so here are five fun facts to impress your friends:
- Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fibre.
- Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- The apple tree, which originally came from Eastern Europe and southwestern Asia, has spread to most temperate regions of the world.
- It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
- Apples are members of the rose family and are composed 25% of air, which is why they float.