An apple a day keeps the –extra weight, heart disease, bad cholesterol, colon cancer, and high blood pressure away? According to the National Academy of Science (NAS), eating an apple a day can help prevent all these. Although apples are good all year round, they’re at their delicious peak in the fall.
An average medium-size apple contains these nutritious benefits:
- It contains no fat and helps reduce cancer and obesity.
- The sodium content is almost zero, so it helps reduce high blood pressure and the risk of strokes.
- Its high complex carbohydrates may lower risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
- Apples contain cellulose, an insoluble fiber that may help prevent colon cancer and keeps bodily functions regular.
- Pectin, the soluble fiber it contains helps reduce serum cholesterol.
- It supplies vitamin C – 15% of the USDA recommended requirement – more than a peach, a pear, or a bunch of grapes.
- It supplies potassium which helps reduce high blood pressure and risk of strokes.
- The trace mineral boron it contains helps the body use calcium and keep brain function alert.
- Each apple has only 81 calories. The fiber and natural fructose keeps blood sugar high longer to control hunger.
- It has other vital nutrients such as calcium, iron, vitamin A, thiamin, magnesium, and phosphorus.