Apple has several health benefits, but this forbidden fruit from the garden of Eden is also a great weight loss food. We give you top five reasons to have an apple everyday.
Reduces Cholesterol levels
This fibre rich fruit consists of soluble fibre in the form of pectin that is linked to lower bad cholesterol. This soluble fibre blocks the absorption of cholesterol which helps the body to consume it rather than store it.
One apple can keep you satiated for a long time and hence help you eat less. Our body also takes longer to digest the complex fibre as compared to other sweet foods or junk that we eat.
Did you know that apple’s peel consist of a type of fibre called ursolic acid. According to a study done on mice, this acid is linked to lower risk of obesity as it fuels the burning of calories and spiking the muscles fat. So the next time you think of peeling an apple, please STOP. Also “Pectin present in apples helps in clearing your bowels”, points RD Disha Jhaveri, Dietician with Global Hospital, Mumbai.
Improve immune system
“Apples are rich in vitamin C (8 million grams) that amounts to roughly 14 per cent of your daily recommended intake”, adds the dietician.
As quoted from The Huffington Post.com, “A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that apples as well as pears and blueberries, were linked with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes because of a class of antioxidants and anthocyanins that are also responsible for red, purple, and blue colours in fruits and veggies”.
Pearly White teeth
Why splurge on expensive dental treatments, when biting and chewing an apple can brighten your teeth, stimulate saliva production and reduce tooth decay.
Controls heart rate and blood pressure
The small amounts of potassium, phosphorus, and calcium in the apple aids in controlling heart rate and blood pressure. They fight the bad influence of salt in the body.
Mqdee.com : “A new study performed on mice shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Mice in the study that were fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.”