I love apples. The fruit is so abundant that it is often taken for granted, especially these days when a trendy term like superfruit is being bandied about. But this modest fruit is chock-full of nutrients and very affordable to boot, so you would certainly be losing out on a good thing should you overlook these babies in your quest to consume all the superfruits that are currently in vogue.
While an apple of any kind contains plenty of vitamins and minerals, it is interesting to note that the 7,500 apple varieties grown around the world differ a little from each other in terms of their nutritional makeup. The top three most nutritious apples, however, have recently been identified as the Granny Smith, Red Delicious and Fuji. It’s a good thing that these are so easily available at the supermarket.
Here are eight excellent reasons to pick up any one or all three of these apple varieties in your supermarket today.
It Fights Cancer
Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? It would certainly appear to keep the oncologists away.
Apples contain phytochemicals, which are known for their incredible antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. Phytochemicals are located on the skin of an apple, so make sure to consume the skin along with the rest of the apple. Research has shown that eating apples can significantly reduce your chances of getting pancreatic cancer. Studies have also found that the apple peel contains triterpenoids, which are compounds that can curb the growth of cancer cells in the breast, colon and liver.
They Are Anti-Ageing
Growing old is inevitable but there are some things that may help to delay the ageing process a little. Amazingly, scientists have discovered that a compound, known as fisetin, is naturally found in apples (and also in cucumbers, onions, persimmons and strawberries), has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can potentially prolong the period of good health that the average human being has. That’s some reason to have an apple right there.
They Support Healthy Digestion
A diet that is rich in fibre is necessary if you want to maintain a healthy digestive system, as well as good blood sugar and cholesterol levels. As it just so happens, apples are replete with soluble fibre and can be a great help when it comes to avoiding constipation and keeping your bowel movements regular!
They Prevent Cavities
While we are definitely not recommending that you should skip your tooth-brushing routine altogether, know that the act of biting into and gnawing on a crunchy apple actually triggers saliva production, which reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth that leads to tooth decay. So simple, so natural and so effective.
They Keep You Hydrated
Are you feeling parched? Well, it turns out that water is not the only healthy option for quenching your thirst. Who knew that apples were also loaded with H2O? Apparently, this incredible fruit is made up of 86 per cent water, so not only will it help to keep you well-hydrated, but it will also keep you feeling full for longer.
They Are Great for Your Weight-Loss Plan
As we’ve mentioned, apples are full of water and high in fibre, making them a healthy snack option that will keep you satisfied and less likely to reach out for junk food. Each apple is also only 90 calories. Studies have shown too that women who consumed three apples a day were more likely to be successful in losing weight than those who did not. Definitely a top snack contender for your lunch bag!
They Promote Lung Health
A couple of studies in Australia and the U.K. have actually shown that eating apples can improve respiratory or lung function significantly, and even lower the chances of getting asthma. In fact, it was found that consuming five apples a week resulted in the largest improvements in pulmonary health.
They Are Incredibly Versatile
Apples are so delightfully tasty and incredibly easy to include in your diet. You can, of course, simply bite into them. However, you can also bake a mean apple pie or crumble for dessert, add them in savoury pork or chicken dishes, or whip up some delicious apple butter, sauce or jam. The possibilities are endless!
They May Prevent Cataracts
More good news! Numerous studies are suggesting that people who eat a diet that is rich in antioxidant-rich fruit (that includes apples!) are up to 15 per cent less likely to develop eye cataracts.
The fact is that apples also help you to reach your daily requirement of vitamins and minerals as they contain massive amounts of nutrients that include vitamin C, B6 and A, iron, potassium and more, all of which will help to keep you in prime condition. I guess the old adage is true: an apple a day may just keep the doctor away!