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10 Reasons to Eat an Apple a Day

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10 Reasons to Eat an Apple a Day

Find out why the common apple has uncommonly huge health benefits, and how to best enjoy them.

Your mom didnít use the term powerfood but she knew about apples. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” was the first nutritional advice myself and many children heard from their moms.† For this reason we call them “the first powerfood.”

Health Benefits:

1. Apples are filled with soluble fiber† (5 grams)

  • This fiber has been shown to reduce intestinal disorders, including diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and possibly some types of cancer.
  • Helps control insulin levels by releasing sugar slowly into the bloodstream.
  • Cleanses and detoxifies, which helps eliminate heavy metals, such as lead and mercury.

2. Apple pectin helps reduce cholesterol levels by lowering insulin secretion.
3. In two studies researchers found that eating five apples a week lowered the risk for respiratory diseases like asthma.
4. According to Chinese Medicine: Apples strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous and increase body fluids.
5.† Apple cider vinegar can help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
6. Studies indicate that eating apples daily can reduce skin diseases.
7. According to a Brazilian study, eating an apple before a meal helped women lose 33 percent more weight than those who didnít.
8. An apple has only 50-80 calories and has no fat or sodium.
9. Apples are packed with vitamins C, A , and flavonoids and with smaller amounts of phosphorus, iron,† and calcium.
10. Apples provide a source of potassium which may promote heart health.

So there you have it…lots of good reasons why it is good for you to eat an apple a day! I like apples so much that when I started living by myself I substituted those sugar laden cereals with an apple.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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6:44PM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

I eat 1 or two home grown apples a day...in the fall.

5:23AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Thank you so much! This is really helpful :).
I will definately try to eat more apples! Does anyone know what apples are the best? Green, red ones?

1:02PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Mahalo!

7:53AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

YES, EAT ORGANIC APPLES....DAILY...EXCELLENT FOR THE DIGESTION ETC!! LOVE'EM!!

5:18AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Good information...I'm starting to actually like eating apples...still prefer them in baked form or applesauce, but slowly liking them raw to just eat.

3:08PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Love Empire apples

12:35AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:49AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

love apples

7:17PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Will definitely try to eat one daily.

12:42PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Thanks for the reminder to eat more apples!

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