This saying used to entice youngsters to eat their fruit should never be taken lightly. It is true! The contents of a simple apple can keep you healthy, both now and in the future.
A small apple can contain up to 5 grams of fiber, so this food is great for digestive system regulations and for warding off hunger. In the long run, this daily fiber intake can help keep your colon clean and operating as it should! Apples are also packed with the antioxidant Vitamin C, which is notorious for keeping the immune system strong. Let me just take a moment to explain the importance of antioxidants. Free radicals enter our body via sun rays, over-training, carcinogens, smog, and other environmental elements.
Free radical build-up causes pre-mature aging, cancer, heart disease, and other deadly illness. The only proven means of blocking free radicals is through consumption of antioxidants. Want to be healthy in your 50s, 60s, and 70s? Get your Vitamin C in TODAY! Other fruits high in Vitamin C are cantaloupe, citrus fruits, mango, pineapple, strawberries, and watermelon.
Apples often get a bad reputations because they are high in sugar. Yes, like most fruits, apples contain comparatively high amounts of sugar. BUT our bodies need sugar for energy and sugar from fruit is the best kind to intake. It is 100% natural, unrefined, God-created glucose. There is no harm. In fact, the phytonutrients found in apples can help control your blood sugar which, ultimately, is great for your pancreas and insulin secretion. When you have steady blood sugar levels, you are less likely to binge eat, experience fatigue. have mood swings due to appetite changes, and headaches caused by low blood sugar.
Last but not least, an apple is a perfect, on-the-go, low calorie snack. You can never go wrong with grabbing an apple on your way out the door. In addition to the health benefits, apples come in a wide variety of species so there is an apple to meet every taste bud! Craving something tart or sweet? How about a Granny Smith or Fiji? Want more of a tang and less sweetness? Try a Golden Delicious. Don’t forget, there are thousands of recipes out there that incorporate apples. My personal fall favorite is baked apples with cinnamon! Apples are in season in the fall so be sure to stock up your refrigerator with fresh apples this season.