Health Benefit of Apples and Fat Loss
Publisher's note: One of the best things about fall, in my opinion, are the fresh, sweet, tart and crispy apples that are everywhere! Eat them plain, slathered in peanut butter and/or Nutella, or with a slice of cheese. A fabulous post-workout snack or anytime pick-me-up. And, as this article explains, apples are really good for you too! Bonus!
Guest Post By Jacques Delorme
The health benefits of apples have been a part of our culture for a long time. An apple a day keeps the doctor away is quite accurate. Research now shows us what we have suspected all along, apples have a number of benefit for your health beyond just good nutrition.
- A healthy diet requires good sources of vitamins and minerals as well as fluids. Apples contain a lot of water which will help you to maintain proper hydration. Eating foods high in fluids will help you to feel full so you don't overeat.
- Apples contain vitamin-C and beta-carotene.
- Apples have low amounts of the elements calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Potassium in particular, controls your blood pressure and heart rate.
- Apple peels are a good source of fiber which is important for a healthy colon. The flesh of the apple contains pectin, a fiber that is fat soluble and helps to lower cholesterol in your blood.
- Antioxidants reduce inflammation as well as fight the effects of free radicals and viruses.
- Red apples have quercetin, an antioxidant. Quercetin can help your immune system.
- A diet rich in fruit can reduce the risk of developing cataracts by 10-15%.
- Research at Cornell University has shown that apples help protect neuron cells which helps reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
- Frequent eaters of apples have a lower risk of suffering a stroke.
- Apples are a leading source of boron which helps build healthy bones.
- At least one apple a day in a woman's diet can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 28%.
- Eating an apple stimulates saliva production which reduces the level of bacteria in your mouth which reduces tooth decay.
New research has found that the health benefit of apples now goes beyond basic nutrition. Ursolic acid is found in apple peels and studies show it can help you burn calories faster. Tests have shown an increase in slow and fast muscle fibers, an increase in the ability to exercise and an increase in grip strength. On top of these benefits, ursolic acid will also generate more brown fat storage. The end result? The researchers concluded that ursolic acid can reduce obesity and fatty liver disease.
The Welsh have it right, the health benefit of apples at "an apple a day" cannot be overlooked. Eat them as a healthy snack with peanut butter, in smoothies with other fruit or as a baked apple pie. Your body will thank you for it!
My name is Jacques Delorme and I run a youth nutrition blog at http://visportsnutrition.ca where you can get all sorts of information on nutrition, exercise and motivation for youth athletes. Visit my site and feel free to leave comments and questions if you need more information.