Wednesday, November 21, 2012

6 Reasons To Eat Apples

You have probably heard this before:
"An apple a day will keep the Doctor away".

Well it's true because apples are packed with beneficial substances such as pectin, vitamin C and numerous phytochemicals that may help prevent heart disease and certain cancers and also alleviate symptoms of allergies and asthma.

Apples contain pectin:  A type of soluble fiber that helps to lower artery-damaging LDL cholesterol, pectin in applesauce is also helpful in managing diarrhea.  A single unpeeled apple provides nearly 4g of dietary fiber, almost half of which is heart-healthy pectin.

Apples contain anthocyanins:  Natural food pigments, anthocyanins have antioxidant activity that may defend against carcinogens.  They may also lower LDL "bad" cholesterol and prevent blood clots.

Apples contain glutathione:  This antioxidant may have anticancer actions and improve the immune system's ability to fight off infections.

Apples contain rutin:  A flavonoid that teams up with vitamin C to maintain blood-vessel health.

Apples contain quercetin:  A flavonoid linked to a reduced risk for cancer development, quercetin may also help to prevent cataracts and reduce symptoms associated with respiratory ailments.

Apples contain phenolic acids:  Apples contain caffeic, chlorogenic, ellagic, and ferulic acids, as well as other types of phenolic compounds that may help fight cancer.

Apples - Recommended Use

Vitamin C and glutathione:  It is recommended to eat apples uncooked as they diminish by heat.

Pectin:  It is better to cook the apples as the pectin is released when the apples' cell walls soften as they cook.

Insoluble fiber and anthocyanins:  These are found in the apples' skin and it is best used unpeeled.  If you are concerned about pesticides, buy organic apples.

Facts About Apples

In a recent study, the consumption of apples reduced risk for lung cancer. Researchers isolated quercetin, a powerful flavonoid, as the possible source of the anti-cancer effect.  Although the phenolic acids and vitamin C found in apples may also protect the lungs.

Have you eaten your apple today?

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