We all have heard “that an apple day keeps the doctor away”, and as cliché as the saying may be there is some validity to it. “An Ohio State University study recently found that eating an apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of oxidized LDL —the bad cholesterol —by 40 percent,” said Wendy Brannen, Director of Consumer Health and Public Relations for USApple which represents all segments of the apple industry.Here are a several reasons you should add this antioxidant packed fruit to your day.
Cut the Fat- When baking instead of using oil in to your recipes substitute applesauce. It not only reduces fat and calories but it can add moisture to your favorite muffins as well. Choose a sauce that has no added sugars.
Win the Battle of the Bulge- A recent study from the State University of Rio de Janeiro found that women who ate three apples a day lost more weight than those who were on a low calorie diet but didn’t consume fruit. Just add a few pre-sliced pieces to your bag daily. Prevent them from browning by coating your slices with a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water add to a glass of apple juice. Eat within two hours.
Keep your Ticker Ticking- It’s been found that for 10 grams of fiber we consume daily we could reduce our risks of developing from heart disease by 14 percent and may lower our chances of dying from heart disease by 27 percent. Enjoy the complete benefits by consuming the skin as well. Just wash before eating.
Get a little Color- Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin—a phytochemical, known as a flavonoid. There have been studies that have shown that quercetin can help to boost and fortify your immune system. Make apples a part of your morning ritual by adding dried apples to your favorite granola and stirring into protein packed Greek yogurt.
*Tips courtesy of U.S. Apple Association.