The 21st of October is World Apple Day, and before you start to think that we’re talking about the technology juggernaut, we’re actually talking about our favourite fruit. Apples have long been praised as being a healthy, nutritional food source, and as the saying goes, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, so here are our one-a-day health benefits of apples to help celebrate this fruitful day.
Apples are packed full of fibre
Apples are a good source of fibre, making them an ideal snack to keep you feeling full. Unlike sugary or carb-filled foods, fibre takes time to break down so If you’re looking for a low-calorie snack between meals, why not have an apple?
They can help protect against obesity
A study found that the ursolic acid present in apple peel could help to prevent obesity and its health-damaging effects in mice. Keep the peel on your apple to reap its full health benefits.
Apples have cold-fighting properties
As winter draws near, so do the typical common colds we are doomed to suffer. Like oranges, apples are packed with Vitamin C, with a medium-sized apple providing nearly 15% of your advised daily intake. Start embracing apples now in your bid to avoid the winter sniffles.
They can help keep bowel cancer at bay
According to Cancer Research UK, bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer type. However, French researchers have argued that the procyanidins found in apples can help ward off bowel cancer, advocating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables for a healthier life.
Apples help prevent diabetes
As well as helping to reduce obesity, which can trigger diabetes, apples can also help to prevent the condition itself. A diet containing antioxidant-rich foods such as apples and other fruit like blueberries, can help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
They can boost brain power
Next time you have an important meeting, an exam or simply need to boost your focus, have an apple. Studies have shown that apples produce a spike in acetylcholine production, a component used by nerve cells to communicate which not only leads to a sharper memory, but may even lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
Apples have anti-inflammatory properties
Apples have been proven to reduce the presence of CRP (C-reactive protein) levels, which are used to monitor inflammation. If you’re dealing with aches and pains or want to reduce your level of post-workout soreness, an apple could be a natural solution for your needs.
Get more apples into your diet
The health effects of apples are related to continued consumption, so be sure to make them a part of your diet. Have an apple as a snack, instead of dessert or even as part of a smoothie for easy ways to eat more apples. Dried apple pieces also have a number of health benefits and are great to give to children as a healthier snack choice.