The humble apple is known for being incredibly versatile in the kitchen. But did you know that there are some incredible health benefits as well? Gysbert du Toit from one of South Africa’s leading produce provider, Dutoit Agri, shares more on the fantastic fruit.
“Everyone knows the old adage about apples keeping the doctor away,” says Gysbert. “Here are a few reasons to make this powerful fruit a part of your diet.”
Lower risks of developing diabetes
The fructose and the antioxidants in apples may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They improve metabolic balance, slow down the absorption of sugar, and keep blood sugar spikes in check. Furthermore, studies suggest that those who consume lots of fibre have a lower risk of developing diabetes. A medium-sized apple contains about 4 grams of fibre.
The underrated immune booster tool
One apple offers about 14% of Vitamin C and that is one of the most important tools in the immune-booster kit. Vitamin C helps the immune system by strengthening the tissue surrounding your body and organs against infections.
Lower risks of developing cancer
In 2016, an analysis was done, and it was concluded that apples may help lower the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. The richness of antioxidants in apples help prevent oxidative stress that damages the cells. The fibre offered by apples also enhances this benefit.
While the fibre fights the most dangerous diseases, it is also filling because it takes a long time to digest. This keeps you from overeating and may therefore help with weight loss. At less than 100 calories, an apple is perfect for snacking. Paired with a full cream yoghurt or nut butter, you can have energy for hours.
Apples promote the production of acetylcholine which aids in building a strong communication system between the brain and the nerve cells. It also improves memory and lowers the risk of developingAlzheimer’s.
Keep you alert
Need a quick energy boost – give an apple a try! While apples contain no caffeine, the 13 grams of natural sugar can provoke a similar response. Scoring a stealthy 35 on the Glycemic Index, there is a minimal spike in sugar, which means no energy crashes or brain fog.
The apple skin contains flavonoid quercetin, which helps in regulating the immune system and lessening inflammation. The antioxidants in apples help to increase lung function and protects the lungs from oxidative damage.
The bottom line
Apples are incredibly good for the whole body – from brain function to bone strength. Not only is the fruit a perfect snack to take on the go, but there are a range of varietals to enhance every meal. For the greatest benefit, don’t peel your apples.
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