November 23, 2014

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What’s in an Apple?

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I am sure you have all heard the saying; “An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away” in truth there is a great deal of credibility to this statement.

• Apples do not have fat, cholesterol or sodium… this means that apples may help you maintain healthy heart and a healthy weight.

• Apples do contain small quantities of potassium which helps promote better health and even help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.

• Need more fiber in your diet? Apples contain a large amount of fiber which in turn helps promote a healthy heart and maintain regularity.

APPLE HEALTH TERMS

Antioxidants: Chemicals that reduce or prevent oxidation, thus preventing cell and tissue damage from free radicals in the body. Antioxidants are chemical substances that donate an electron to the free radical and convert it to a harmless molecule. Fruits, vegetables and grains are rich sources of antioxidants.

Flavonoids: Flavonoids are defensive phytochemicals found in apples, along with other fruits and vegetables. There are a number of different types of flavonoids with each having a protective health effect. Over 4,000 flavonoids have been documented to have antiviral, antiallergic, antiinflammatory, antitumor and antioxidant activities. The term flavonoids represents all of the following subclasses: Anthocyanins, Flavanols, Flavanones, Flavonois, Flavones, and Isoflavones.

Pectin: Pectin is a natural fiber found in many fruits with apples being the richest source of pectin among all the fruits. Recent studies have revealed many health benefits from consumption of pectin. Of note are studies that show Pectin:

• Acts as an antioxidant against the bad cholesterol in the blood stream.

• Decreases the chances of colon cancer.

• Works well as an anti-diarrhea agent.

• Reduces high blood pressure.

• Is effective in the regression, or prevention of gallstones.

There is also recent evidence to suggest that taking Apple Pectin everyday over time can lead to a reduction in insulin requirements which may lessen the severity of diabetes.

Phytochemicals: Research suggests that phytochemicals may help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of many diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cataracts, osteoporosis, and urinary tract infections. “Phyto” is a Greek work that means plant and phytochemicals are usually related to plant pigments. So fruits and vegetables that are bright colors – yellow, orange, red, green, blue and purple – generally contain the most phytochemicals and the most nutrients.

Quercetin: May be a major reason why the old saying about eating “an apple a day” has been associated with good health. Quercetin, primarily found in apples, onions, and black tea, belongs to a group of plant pigment flavonoids that serve as a building block for other members of the flavonoid family. It combats the destructive “free radical” molecules that play a part in many diseases.

Next time your stomach growls and you need a snack reach for an apple instead of that cupcake!!