Sometimes we focus on just super foods and completely forgot about the simple foods which are also easily available and nutritionally dense. Good health can be achieved by those simple foods, like having a bowl of fresh fruits or eating apples with peanut butter for a healthy snack. Although apples are available all year around here but this is the season of fresh locally grown apples. Most of us are familiar with an old Welsh proverb ” An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what makes this simple fruit so special?
Apple is one of the fruits with the highest level of antioxidant concentration per serving. Antioxidants are disease-fighting compounds. Scientists believe that antioxidants help in normal cell activity by preventing and repairing damage caused by oxidation. Apples are also full of a fibre called pectin which is found in apple peel, so make sure to have the apple with skin on. Pectin is classed as a soluble, fermentable and viscous fibre. Because of these ingredients, apples possess numerous health benefits. Eating apples can be really good for healthier you.
Preventing Dementia/ Alzheimer’s:
Studies have shown that eating apples may have benefits for your neurological health, apples contain antioxidants which may protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity. That’s why including apples in your diet may help in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, diseases like dementia.
Good for Teeth Health:
Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth which actually reduces the tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria in the mouth.
Reduces the chances of cancer:
There is much evidence that shows having fruit and vegetables, including apples, provide protection against many types on cancer; including breast and pancreatic cancer. So include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet for overall health.
Protect against Parkinson’s:
Eating high-fibre foods like fruits, whole grains, and vegetables provides certain levels of protection against Parkison’s. Parkinson’s a disease caused by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. This is because of anti-oxidants present in these foods.
Prevents Obesity / Good for Weight Managment:
Many heath issues are as a resultant of overweight; like cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. Doctors and nutrition experts recommend a diet rich in fibres for weight management. High fibres will fill you up without costing too many calories. As well as many high fibre foods are also nutritionally dense.
Decreases Risk of Type-2 Diabetes:
Apples are rich in soluble fibre, which helps in reducing blood sugar swings. Studies have shown that a person who eats a serving of apple/ blueberries/ grapes or pears a day is less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
Lowering levels of Bad Cholesterol (LDL):
Soluble fibre presents in apple binds with fat during the process of digestion and thereby reduces bad cholesterol levels.
Many pieces of research have shown that; the high soluble fibre intake in diet slow downs the build-up of plaque in your arteries. Also, the phenolic compound found in apple skins prevents the cholesterol from solidifying on your artery walls. Plaque builds inside the arteries reduce blood flow to the heart and results in coronary artery disease. So a high soluble fibre diet including eating apples can be your first step towards the healthy heart.
Include this simple miracle fruit in your diet and reap it’s miraculous health benefits.