It’s the time of year again: apple season. And there are some valid excuses why you should fill up a basket.
Apples are not only tasty on their own or when added to dishes, but they also have many health benefits.
Apples have been attributed to a variety of health benefits, including better gut health and a lower chance of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
A medium-sized apple produces 4.4 grammes of fibre, which accounts for 16 percent of the daily weight, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (DV). In addition, the same apple contains 8.4 milligrammes of vitamin C, which accounts for more than 9% of your daily value, as well as trace quantities of other vitamins and minerals.
Sarah Gold Anzlovar, RDN, the Boston-based owner of Sarah Gold Nutrition, recommends incorporating them into salads or grilled cheese, baking them for a nutritious cake, or slow-cooking some pulled chicken with apples for a fast lunch or dinner.
“All apples have advantages, but the protein and antioxidant quality can differ marginally from one apple to the next — the best apple to eat is the one you enjoy,” Anzlovar says.
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Apples can help with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
If you eat a juicy apple, you can be able to keep your ticker safe. According to Anzlovar, “studies have associated apple intake with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, which could be due to the cholesterol-lowering benefits of the soluble fibre present in apples.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, soluble fibre dissolves in water to form a gellike substance. The University of Illinois said
According to research, eating apples (or pears) on a daily basis is associated with a 52% lower chance of stroke. Furthermore, a study conducted in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in February 2020 discovered that consuming two apples per day helps study participants reduce their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglyceride levels.