The Life & Health Report - A Monthly Factual Overview

Volume 10, Issue 1

Ten Reasons to Eat More Apples

Besides their sweet flavor and juicy crunch, apples are inexpensive and require no preparation save for a quick washing.

See if the following ten reasons don't convince you to add an apple to your daily diet.

  • Apples contain vitamin C, which strengthens your immune system and promotes healing.
  • Apples contain flavonoids, which provide antioxidant effects and have been shown to help prevent heart disease and promote coronary and cardiovascular health.
  • Apples are a low-calorie, easily transportable snack.
  • Apples possess a mild acidity that cleanses and brightens your smile. The skin of the apple is also good for oral health.
  • Try munching on a 70-calorie apple next time you're craving something sweet like candy or chocolate. Many people claim that the sugar from the apple thwarts the craving for less-healthy options.
  • Studies have shown that apples may reduce the risk for various types of cancer, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.
  • Apples contain phenols, which are known to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
  • Apples are a primary source of soluble fiber, which lowers glucose and cholesterol levels.
  • Apples help prevent tooth decay and wash away harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  • Apples contain phytonutrients, which may reduce your risk for certain brain-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

Besides all these health benefits, apples come in a variety of colors and flavors. To avoid pesticides, buy organic apples. Stock up and enjoy!

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