Health Benefits of Eating Apples

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A lot of people tend to forget that most of the time, the simplest answers are the better ones. Improving your health could be as simple as reaching into the fruit bowl for some apples. So what makes apples so great. Some USDA scientists in 2004 investigated over 100 foods to measure their antioxidant concentration per serving size. Antioxidants are free-radical fighting compounds and scientists believe these compounds help to prevent and repair oxidative damage, that happens during normal cell activity. There is a popular saying that goes, “An apple a day keeps the Doctor at bay”.

Here are a few benefits of eating apples.

1. It gives you whiter and healthier teeth

An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, thereby reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria. Apples are also acidic and help to erode stains on the teeth. On the other hand this could also be a minor disadvantage, as the acid in apples could wear down the enamel.

2. It reduces cholesterol

Apples contain soluble fiber which binds with fats in the intestine, which then translates into lower cholesterol level.

3. It deceases the risk of diabetes

Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, than those who don’t eat apples. As said earlier, apples are loaded with soluble free fiber which is the key to inhibiting blood sugar swings.

4. You get a healthier heart

An extensive amount of research has linked the intake of high soluble fiber with slower buildup of cholesterol rich plaques in your arteries. When plaque builds in your arteries, it reduces the flow of blood into your heart thereby leading to coronary artery disease. By eating apples you get a healthier heart with a good blood flow.

5. They prevent gallstones

Gallstones form when the presence of cholesterol is too great in your bile for it to remain liquid, so it solidifies. The fiber in apples help to control your weight and cholesterol level.

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