4 Health Benefits of Eating Apples


| 9/12/2011 3:32:00 PM


Tags: natural health, food, apples, antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols, cancer, blood sugar, diabetes, cholesterol, lower cholesterol, pectin,

Nothing imparts the taste of fall quite like the crisp flavor of a fresh apple. This popular fruit has a lot more to offer than taste, however. Packed with antioxidants and other healthy substances, apples boast a variety of health benefits, giving credence to the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Antioxidants 

Apples are a major source of flavonoids and polyphenols, antioxidant-like compounds that protect plants from disease, UV light and other stress and which, when eaten by humans, can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. The majority of polyphenols found in apples are located in the fruit’s skin—making it critical to eat the whole fruit in order to derive the health benefits. (Apple juice and applesauce don’t have the same benefits.) Generally, the deeper red an apple’s skin is, the more antioxidants it contains, which is why Red Delicious apples are now recognized as one of healthiest varieties to eat.

apples in a bowl 

Cancer Prevention 

Studies have shown that eating apples on a regular basis can help prevent or inhibit various types of cancer, including breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. A recent study by a Cornell University professor found that rats given fresh apple extracts had fewer, smaller and less malignant breast tumors than rats who were not given apples.




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