Every time you turn on the television or open a general interest magazine these days, you are bound to see at least one story about the problem of obesity increasing worldwide. With so much conflicting information about what to eat and what to avoid, it can be difficult to know what really works to keep us at our peak of health.
Strangely enough, the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” might have more truth in it than we realize. Apples are full vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, plant-based substances that have been shown to be an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
In terms of disease-fighting properties, three varieties of apple are actually in the top 20 foods with the most antioxidants in them. The three varieties are:
Antioxidants are believed to play an important role in fighting cancer and reducing the process of aging in the body. They also reduce inflammation in the body, a common cause of arthritis pain.
Apple and it’s health benefits.
Apples are naturally sweet, which can help curb our cravings for more fattening kinds of desserts. The fiber in 1 apple, about 12% of our daily recommended intake, also helps us to feel full, so we are less likely to overeat or devour unhealthy snacks. Best of all, an apple offers all these health benefits for only about 65 calories.
Some seniors skip apples because problems with their teeth or false teeth might mean they can no longer enjoy the delights of biting into one. Yet thinly-sliced apples spread with a little peanut butter (if you are not allergic) can be just as delicious.
Maybe you only eat an apple when it is in a pie, smothered in sugar and wrapped in fattening pastry. Why not try a microwaved baked apple with a dash of cinnamon instead? Instead of ice cream, add a dab or two of vanilla-flavored Greek-style yogurt.
An apple a day helps you find your way!
An apple a day will contribute to the overall goal of half your plate being fruits and vegetables if you follow the My Food Plate guidelines from the USDA. And if you are still not convinced you should add apples to you eating plan, consider these points as well. An apple:
+is highly portable;
+does not spoil easily;
+does not need to be refrigerated;
+can be incorporated into a range of recipes, from smoothies to salads and sauces.
If you’ve been passing over the humble apple, consider adding one every day to your diet and see what a difference it can make to your health and weight.