What Makes Apples Healthy?
Apples aren’t just a tasty snack and an easy way to add more fruit to your diet – they’re also exceptionally healthy. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” runs an old proverb, and it’s easy to see why this resonates to this day – packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, they provide a significant RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of several essential minerals alongside numerous other beneficial compounds. So, now it’s apple season, add some to your cart today and experience their juicy goodness for yourself.
Apples pack a nutritious punch. One medium apple contains, on average, 25 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and just 95 calories. There’s also 14% of the RDI of Vitamin C, 6% of potassium, and 5% of Vitamin K. Add in 2-4% of the RDI for magnesium, copper, and vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6, and it’s easy to see why they come highly recommended by nutritionists and dietary experts.
A Healthy Heart
Apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, which help protect cells from free radical damage caused by factors such as pollution, cigarette smoke, and UV rays. They also contain polyphenols, which act like antioxidants and can lower blood pressure. Being rich in soluble fiber, apples have also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels, while another study concluded that eating an apple a day had a similar effect to taking statins – drugs that lower cholesterol – and could reduce the prevalence of heart disease.
Good For The Gut
Being rich in dietary fiber, regularly eating apples can help support a healthy digestive system. They also contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic, meaning it feeds the good bacteria in your gut. New research indicates that the growth of such good bacteria may be the reason behind some of the protective effects of apples against obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease
Help With Weight Loss
Apples are high in both fiber and water, two qualities that make them filling. They’re also less energy-dense, another factor that researchers believe leads to feelings of fullness. Such high fiber content means that apples are low on the glycaemic index which, together with their high flavonoid content, may help to improve insulin sensitivity which is important both for weight management and preventing diabetes. Furthermore, it’s believed that some natural compounds in apples may promote weight loss.
Numerous other studies have hinted at even greater health benefits, such as helping prevent cancer, fighting asthma, improving bone health, and even help protect the brain and ward off mental decline. What’s beyond doubt is that they’re one of the healthiest fruits out there. Why not browse our selection of apples, and add some to your cart today?