An Apple a Day

Though eating an apple a day may not keep the doctor away, it does have many health related benefits. The benefits covered in this post are dental care, digestion and gallstone. A one cup serving of an apple is packed with many nutrients; the most noteworthy of all is that it contains 12% of your daily serving of dietary fiber. 

There are a whopping 7,500 varieties of apples found throughout the world!  If a person sampled one variety per day, it would take over 20 years to try them all. You would need additional time to account for any new cross-bred species farmers dream up. 

We all have our favorite way to eat an apple; whether it’s in the form of applesauce, pie, tart or a’ natural. The most beneficial way to consume an apple is raw. This satisfies the need for something crunchy and juicy and it helps to keep you full. 

Consuming an apple stimulates the production of saliva, which in turn, reduces tooth decay by lowering bacteria levels. 

Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber which keeps the digestive system operating optimally. Fiber helps to keep bowl movements regular and also aid in relieving diarrhea and constipation. The soluble and insoluble fiber keeps you feeling fuller longer which is great for weight management. 

Apple cider vinegar is used for dissolving gallstones and preventing pain due to its high acidic content.  

Whichever way you slice it, apples are tasty and good for you. As with anything else, moderation is the key. Just because something is good for you doesn’t mean you should load up on it. Included below is a link for apple fun facts.

Until next time, be adventurous and sample all the apple varieties available to you in your area. You just might find a new favorite.

Links
http://www.livescience.com/44686-apple-nutrition-facts.html

References
15 Health Benefits of Eating Apples. (n.d.). Best Health. Retrieved from http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/15-health-benefits-of-eating-apples.

Apples, raw, with skin [Includes USDA commodity food A343]. (n.d.). SELF Nutrition Data. Retrieved from http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1809/2.

Gardner, A. (2015, July 23). Soluble and Insoluble Fiber: What’s the Difference? WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diet/insoluble-soluble-fiber.


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