BE APPLE NUTRITIOUS
It’s true. An apple a day does keep the doctor away. But just how and why are apples healthy for you? Studies prove apples keep your belly full and fit, your memory sharp, and cancer, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease at bay.
Enjoy these bites of healthy apple facts:
Packed with Antioxidants
Mounting research suggests powerful antioxidants in apples and apple products play an essential role in reducing risks of prevalent diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Good for Good Gut Bacteria
University of Denmark researchers discovered apple consumption increases the number of good gut bacteria.
Keep the Cardiologist Away
Ohio State University reports eating one apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of oxidized LDL, the “bad cholesterol,” by 40%.
A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests older women who eat plenty of fruits (including apples) may have a lower chance of bone fractures.
People who eat apples or apple products are likely to have lower blood pressure and trimmer waistlines.
Research from the University of Illinois suggests soluble fiber, like pectin from apples, may strengthen the immune system.
Apples are among the tastiest and best sources of soluble fiber.
Reducing Asthma in Kids
Research from the UK suggests children of mothers who eat apples during pregnancy are much less likely to exhibit symptoms of asthma at age five.
Researchers from the State University of Rio de Janeiro found that overweight women who eat three apples a day lost more weight on a low calorie diet than women who didn’t add fruit to their diet.
Juice it Up!
A 4 oz. glass of apple juice counts as a serving toward the recommended USDA Dietary Guidelines.
The Skin-ny on Muscle Health
Ursolic acid, a natural compound found in the apple’s skin, may prevent muscle wasting that can result from aging or illness.
Apples are rich in antioxidants, especially quercetin, known to inhibit cancer onset and cell proliferation.
Want to narrow the nutrition gap in your community?
Nominate your school for a $5,000 grant to support student nutrition.