An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
In recent research, scientific evidence has shown that the old health proverb— an apple a day keeps the doctor away—may, in fact, ring some truth.
Although apples don’t, with the exception of potassium, contain standout amounts of any particular vitamin or mineral, they do contain high levels of various plant chemicals including the flavonoid quercetin. This is effective in protecting the body against a wide variety of diseases, including cancer, and Alzheimer’s, and it also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Apples are a valuable source of pectin, which is a soluble fiber that can help to lower bad cholesterol. This is incredibly beneficial because bad cholesterol can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Thus, long term apple consumption can help to prevent colon cancer. Research has found that adults who regularly eat apples have smaller waistlines, less abdominal fat, and lower blood pressure than those who don’t.
Rich in flavonoids for healthy heart and lungs
Low in calories and low on the glycemic index
High in fiber content that is good for digestion
A good source of potassium, which can prevent fluid retention
Keep apples in a dark, cool place, such as your refrigerator, or a cupboard— they should be stored in a bag in order to retain maximum amounts of their Vitamin C content. I like to use Stasher Bags, which are a reusable eco-friendly food storage option made of silicone. To prevent browning, I usually place cut slices of apples into a bowl of water with 1-2 tables of lemon juice. I recommend always eating the skin because it contains up to five times as many plant chemicals as the flesh.