Apples are terrific. They cleanse the body, they’re easy to carry around, they’re versatile, and they’re yummy. Even lazy teenagers will eat them. (Oranges take too much effort to peel according to a recent schoolyard survey). We have all heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This old saw is being backed up by research.
- low in calories.
- contain antioxidants and phytonutrients that help fight the damaging effects of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- are free of cholesterol and fats and provide an array of nutrients, such as potassium and Vitamin C, along with a soluble fiber called pectin which can contribute to a lowering of blood cholesterol levels.
- pack more cancer-fighting antioxidant capability. One apple is better than a 1,500-milligram megadose of Vitamin C.
- are full of dietary fiber. One apple has as much as a serving of bran cereal. (That’s about 1/5 of the daily recommended intake of fiber).
- strengthen lung function and can lower the incidence of lung cancer.
- contain the essential trace element, boron, which has been shown to strenghen bones- a good defense against osteoporosis.
- contain almost half their Vitamin C content just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases fiber content.
- have nutrients in both their skin and flesh that inhibited the growth of colon cancer and liver cancer cells in tests at Cornell University.
So go grab a Granny Smith or Red Delicious: your body will thank you!