The Type of Apple That Could Help You Lose Weight

In 1868, Maria Ann (Granny) Smith found a seedling by the creek that ran by her property in Australia. The seed bore light green apples, which Granny Smith found to be perfect for both snacking and cooking. Today, we still enjoy a variety of her cultivated fruit, of course, under the name “Granny Smith” apples.

While the good Granny no doubt improved our culinary worlds by introducing these beautiful green apples, she may not have known how valuable they were for our health. Many studies have since suggested apples can help fight cancer, cardiovascular disease and even asthma. And according to a more recent study, apples – particularly the Granny Smith variety – may help us shed extra pounds.

In the study, conducted at Washington State University, researchers fed seven American varieties of apples to obese mice. Interestingly, mice who ate Granny Smith apples began showing a similar bacterial composition in their feces to lean mice. This was an important finding, since lean mice as well as lean people have different gut bacteria than those who are obese.

With the consumption of Granny Smiths, the proportions of gut bacteria such as Firmicutes, Bacteroides, Enterococcus, Enterobacteriaceae, E. coli, and Bifidobacterium became the same for lean mice and for obese mice. Other species of apple were also seen to yield some benefits, but the verdict was clear—the tart and crisp Granny Smith apples had the greatest effect.

Scientists explain that the fiber and polyphenols from this variety of apples remain intact even after they have been subjected to the action of chewing, gastric acids and digestive enzymes. Once these compounds reach the colon, they produce butyric acid which promotes good bacteria. This re-balancing of the intestinal flora is what leads to weight loss.

Another interesting study published in the journal Nutrition in 2003 suggested eating an apple (or pear) before a meal can help you consume up to 15% fewer calories during the meal.

Of course, candied apples, pies and tarts don’t count as weight-loss friendly foods. Apple juice, often loaded with added sugar, does not qualify either. A good, wholesome fruit that requires you to chew well is what you need. Do not remove the green peel—it is packed with beneficial fiber. The good news: just one apple can provide up to one-fifth of your daily requirement of fiber.

Apples can be enjoyed any time of the day. Here are some ideas for you:

Add unsweetened applesauce to your bowl of morning oatmeal. This will save you calories, adding to the taste, and providing you with digestion-friendly fiber.

Snack on one large apple (with the skin) for 116 calories, and the fiber in the fruit will keep you feeling full until lunch time.

After dinner, a small apple drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon is just 140 calories, but makes a lovely dessert.

If you cannot resist a proper “dessert,” core a raw apple, stuff it with chopped walnuts and raisins, add a little honey, and bake it in the oven for a few minutes. It makes a healthy and delicious treat, without loading you with calories.

Find more ideas here:
8 Delicious Apple Recipes
3 Warm Apple Recipes for a Cold Day
You’re Eating Apples Wrong

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