You’ve heard the expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” … but did you know it’s true? That’s right — eating an apple every day can help you reap all the health benefits wrapped in their glossy red and green peels. What are these health benefits that make that well-known expression true? Keep reading. Here are 7 simple (and totally true) ways an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
1. They’re Loaded with Fiber
The natural fiber in apples is the major reason an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples contain two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, both of which are vital in keeping our bodies, especially our cardiovascular and digestive systems, functioning properly.
2. See the C
Apples are an excellent source of Vitamin C, so an apple a day keeps the doctor away by boosting your immune system. One small apple, with the skin, contains about 10% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C.
3. Weight Moderator
Numerous studies have shown that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and that same apple will also keep the pounds away, too! Apples are the ideal snack for dieters, because they’re rich in fiber, so they keep you feeling fuller, longer, and they’re crunchy and sweet, satisfying two snack cravings at once.
4. They Can Strengthen Your Bones
As we age, women in particular lose precious bone density, so it’s important for us to replace that lost bone density, conserve the density we already have, and protect our bones, too. Although the first food that comes to mind for building strong bones is milk (for calcium), an apple a day keeps the doctor away in this way, too. While they don’t contain calcium, they are a good source of boron, and they’re the only known natural source of a flavanoid called phloridzin, both of which help strengthen bones.
5. They Can Lower Cholesterol
Pectin is a fiber-rich compound found in apples, recently shown to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol by as much as 10-15% by eating just two apples each day. So perhaps the expression shouldn’t be “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” … maybe it ought to be TWO apples a day!
6. Apples Can Cut Your Cancer Risk
Want to dramatically cut your risk of developing several types of cancer, including lung cancer? Naturally, there are a few simple lifestyle changes you should make, including quitting smoking, and enjoying a diet rich in flavonoids and quercetin, both of which are found in — you guessed it! — apples. Studies from around the globe suggest that a diet that includes lots of apples may reduce your cancer risk by as much as 20%. Warding off cancer — yet another way an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
7. They Even Help with Endurance
My personal trainer recently recommended adding a small apple (with or without peanut butter) to my pre-workout meal. Why? Because, he says, there’s evidence that the sugars in the apple, paired with the protein in the peanut butter, will give me the energy I need to finish my workout, and bang it out hardcore. The logic works like this: apples give me slow-burning energy, so I can work out, so I can live a healthier lifestyle, so I can avoid obesity and all of its related deadly ailments.
With so many ways an apple a day can keep the doctor away, I’m on my way to the orchard this weekend, for sure! And there are so many delicious varieties to choose from, even if you’re not a fan of the Red Delicious or Granny Smith types, there’s sure to be a sweet, tart, crunchy treat for you! Which of these health benefits of apples did you already know, and which were a surprise? How and why do you enjoy apples?