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Why Apples are Good For You


Why apples are good for you
Pamela Campbell

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Some think it’s an old wives tale, but science is proving that it’s true.

A recent study reported by the national Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that adults who eat apples, drink apple juice and have applesauce reduce their risk for developing metabolic syndrome, a condition associated with a number of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The study revealed that adults who consumed apples and apple products on a regular basis reduced their risk for metabolic syndrome by 27 percent. They were also 21 percent less likely to have an increased weight circumference and they had lower blood pressure, two factors that also made them less likely to develop metabolic syndrome.

In addition to helping to protect you from metabolic syndrome, apples have numerous other health benefits. They contain many phytonutrients that function as antioxidants and support your heart health. They contain flavonoids, which prevent inflammation, the clumping together of blood platelets and help regulate your blood pressure and overproduction of fat in your liver cells. They also aid in lung health.

Every apple provides four grams of dietary fiber that help keep your LDL cholesterol levels under control.

It’s important to remember to always eat the skins of apples as they contain higher levels of antioxidants. Consider buying organic apples or, if you buy them off the shelf at the supermarket, make sure to wash them thoroughly before eating them.

Look for firm apples with rich coloring. Yellow and green apples with a slight blush are best. If you like sweet apples, choose Red and Golden Delicious brands. If you like slightly tart apples, try Braeburn and Fuji apples. Granny Smith, Pippin and Gravenstein are the most tart and retain their texture best during cooking.

When choosing apple juice, look for juice that is cloudy rather than clear as this means that its processing has preserved more of the phytonutrients.

Cheers!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Reliv Independent Distributor
http://katrina.reliv.com

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October 28, 2009 - Posted by | Nutrition, Reliv, Wellness | , , , , ,

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