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Why you Should Eat Apples

Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 03:21 PM

You know that apples are easy to carry around, making them a great, quick snack. They can be sweet, sour, or somewhere in between, depending on what type of apple you buy. But, did you know that apples are extremely healthy and can aid in the prevention of a variety of diseases, as well as common ailments that many people suffer from? If the answer is no, then it is time for you to learn why you should make apples a part of your daily diet.
Here are a few of the many benefits of eating apples:
·High in fiber - one apple contains 12% of your recommended allowance
· Low glycemic index - sugar and carbs break down slowly in the bloodstream
·Contains phytochemicals - a type of antioxidant
· Contains boron - promotes bone density
Each of these factors contribute to the health of the person in a variety of ways. For example, fiber is known for regulating the digestive system and easing bowel movements.
Studies show that eating apples can actually prevent prostate cancer in men.
The low glycemic index means that apples are an excellent food choice for diabetics and non diabetics alike. In fact, studies now show that eating an apple a day can actually reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Phytochemicals are the antioxidants that slow the free radicals that cause aging. This means that apples are an excellent food for maintaining young and healthy looking skin.
Like most antioxidants, individuals with increased phytochemicals show a reduced risk for developing prostate cancer, breast cancer, and liver cancer.
Apples also raise your good cholesterol and increase hair growth for both men and women. For many people, the hair growth factor alone is worth eating apples.
Apples are best eaten with the skin on because the skin provides extra nutrients as well as most of the fiber an apple provides. In addition, the skin of the apple contains 10% of your daily allowance of vitamin C.
Apples are an excellent food for any occasion. They are great alone, in salads, pies, and more. Eating an apple a day can truly help keep the doctor away!

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