You’re probably familiar with the old rhyme ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ as a tool your parents used to get you to eat fruit instead of the junk food you craved. However, you’ll be surprised just how beneficial apples actually are and, as Tony Hakim suggests, a great alternative to an unhealthy snack. So below we look at some reasons why an apple a day really does keep the doctor away.
Reduce the risk of diabetes
Apples are full of soluble fibre, the key to diminishing blood sugar swings. Women who eat apples are therefore 28% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
This soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, and means lower cholesterol levels.
Gallstones occur when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain liquid, and it solidifies. Apples, which are high in fibre, help to control this.
Boost your immune system
Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed.
Get healthier teeth
Chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
Detoxify your liver
People are constantly consuming toxins that are in food and drinks, and your liver is responsible for clearing these toxins out of your body. Apples, as well as other fruits, can help to detoxify your liver.
Control your weight
It’s no surprise that many health problems are caused by being overweight, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. A diet high in fibre helps to prevent these, and won’t cost you too many calories.
Source of vitamins
Apples are packed with vitamins C and A, and contain smaller amounts of iron, calcium, and potassium which promote heart health.