When you think of apples and health the first thing that is likely to spring to mind is the age-old saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’
Although this saying has become somewhat of an old wives tale, there is, in fact, a lot of
truth behind it. Apples do indeed have many health benefits!
The three beneficial ingredients in apples that we will explore more are fibre,
flavonoids and fructose.
Fibre is essential in the diet and can help control appetite and weight management. It helps to keep bowel movements regular and avoid constipation. Fibre has also been proved to decrease the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol in the blood.
Flavenoids are a class of antioxidants that are abundant in apples. Antioxidants help the body to fight free radicals (linked to cancer, heart disease and ageing) and prevent oxidative stress. The Flavenoids, therefore, help to fight against cancer, heart disease and make your skin more resistant to damage from the sun.
Fructose, or fruit sugar, is what gives apples their delicious sweetness. Fructose, although a carbohydrate, is broken down slowly, and helps to keep blood glucose levels stable.
In addition to the above three components, apples are packed with healthy vitamins
and minerals, making them an ideal snack!