10 Health Benefits of Apples

September 22nd, 2014 | Fun, Nutrition and Health

Mmm… it’s the season of apples! Apple pie, apple cobbler, apple picking, candy apples, apple cider donuts… the list of apple treats are ENDLESS in the fall! We think that now is certainly a good time to celebrate this all-star with a quick list of 10 health benefits.

Apples can potentially…

#1: Lower bad cholesterol levels. One study by the Florida State University found that older ladies who ate apples everyday had 23% less bad cholesterol and 4% more of good cholesterol after a 6-month time period.

#2: Apples are loaded with soluble fiber. Soluble fiber cleanses and detoxifies, helping the body eliminate lead, mercury, and other heavy metals.

#3: Apples are a low-fat sweet treat! They only carry 50-80 calories and have no fat or sodium.

#4: Vitamin C is a key player in apples, which helps your body produce collagen. Skin benefits!

#5: Apples are made up of 5% protein, boosting your protein intake for the day.

#6: Apples may help reduce one’s risk of diabetes. One study found that people who ate three serving of apples per week had a 7% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

#7: Copper is an essential mineral that helps your body make melanin (the brown-black pigment that both colors and protects your skin from UV rays.) Guess what? Apples are loaded with copper.

#8: Munching on an apple before a tough workout may help you to boost endurance. This is because of an antioxidant called quercetin, which can aid endurance by making more oxygen available to the lungs.

#9: The vitamin A in apples contains retinoids, which can help immature skin develop into stronger, mature skin.

#10: Apples provide a good deal of potassium, which may help improve heart health.

They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away—and they may be right!

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