Right back since the beginning of time, it has been widely accepted that we should eat apples as often as possible. It’s good advice, but I’m writing today as it’s not particularly clear what the full spectrum of benefits the humble apple gives to us, besides the sweet taste, satisfying crunch and fabled doctor-repelling capacity. So we’re going to take a closer look at apples and identify some of the lesser known secrets that surround this versatile and easy to eat fruit.
One of the biggest revelations in recent times is the concept that apples can help in the fight against Alzheimer’s. This is a truly devastating disease, and science has shown us that apples and the juice they contain can really help to stave it off. In a special experiment mice were given apple juice and the animals then showed more alertness when dealing with maze problems. There were also higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which showed scientists that apple juice is therefore a huge factor in the delaying of the disease.
Sailor’s convenient choice
It wasn’t just apples and oranges used to help keep sailors vitamin boosted and scurvy free. The apple played its part too, originally as apple cider in early experiments (which contained trace amounts of ascorbic acid). While the apple doesn’t have the full vitamin C count of oranges it does boast a plethora of other vitamins too, most notably potassium and vitamin K.
While apples are obviously beneficial and conducive to a healthy lifestyle, one can’t neglect how utterly convenient they are; hand held, mess free, self packaged, long lasting and robust enough to survive the excursion in your lunch bag without damage. These additional benefits make it the ideal choice if you work in an office, where quick,healthy and mess-free are all vital. I recommend you check out the delivery service offered by these guys if you want a healthier office snacking option. Admittedly in the wake of Covid it’s unlikely many of you are currently working in your office, but something to keep in mind for the future or if you really fancy it, they deliver fruit boxes to residential addresses too.
Plenty of fibre
Right at the heart of the humble apple is some fibre. This is special soluble fibre, and it binds up with the fats that are found in your intestine to make for a very special level of impact. Once these two elements have bound up, you have something that actively helps to reduce cholesterol in your body. This means your overall levels of cholesterol are reduced. This takes away the early onset of problems associated with the substance. It’s going to allow you to enjoy better heart health for example, and that is all because of the fibre inside the apple itself.
That fibre is also a bit of a super element too. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) like the millions of other people who do, then having a good source of fibre is really important. IBS can cause all sorts of problems, including diarrhea and bloating. It is most uncomfortable, and at its worst it can even cause considerable pain. This particular syndrome can be avoided with lifestyle changes, and increasing the amount of fibre you have in your diet is one of the things you can do.
Super weight loss food
You may have heard that fruit can help with weight loss, but apples have a particularly effective way of doing so. The fibre inside an apple works to make you feel more full up quicker. This means you will suffer from less hunger and therefore eat less, especially the unhealthy stuff. You won’t feel as hungry, basically.
And the best news here is the fact that apples are so low in calories, with 50 calories for a large apple being the average. If you’re anything like me the easiest way to understand that calorie count is relative to biscuits: an apple is roughly equivalent to half of a single hob-nob!