In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve took a bite of an apple, the forbidden fruit, and were thrown out of Paradise. But you shouldn’t forbid yourself from eating one. According to recent studies, eating an apple a day can produce some powerful health benefits.
At California State University, scientists found that apples reduce the risk of such illnesses as heart disease, asthma, and cancer. There may also be a link between eating apples and preventing diabetes and Alzheimer’s. In addition, some researchers in Amsterdam found that apples cut the risk of stroke in half.
The reason for the healthful benefits of apple eating is that they contain flavonoids that increase vitamin C’s effect, as well as quercetin, a powerful antioxidant.
And, if you are looking to lose weight, try eating an apple 15 minutes before consuming a meal. Those who did consumed 15 percent fewer calories than those who did not eat a Pippin, Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith.
Since there are dozens of varieties of apples, you might ask yourself which one will give me the most health benefits? The answer, according to researchers who know this sort of thing, are Jonagold and Fuji.
But there really is no need to search for those specific varieties. You’ll still get lots of positive health benefits by simply selecting the kind that is available wherever you live. And, to stay healthier, remember the old adage: “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”