Healthy Benefits of an Apple

Everyone has heard of the doctor’s saying “An apple a day keeps the doctors away”. So if you are wondering truly how good is an apple for you, read on.

The apple is a wonderful fruit. It is a very inexpensive way to get good vitamins to your body. While you certainly need more than an apple to maintain good health, it is definitely a must-have in your diet. Here are some reasons why:

1. Apples are rich in fiber. Apples have both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber helps prevent the buildup of cholesterol thus preventing heart disease. The insoluble fiber helps the digestive system in holding water and cleansing your body. At the same time, fiber makes you feel more full and thus makes your food cravings less– Excellent if you are looking to lose a few pounds.

2. Low in Calories. High in Nutrition. For the amount of calories per apple (approx 80 calories). You get a good return on the nutrients. You have to eat the apple with the skin though as half of the Vitamin C is just below the skin. Here’s an approximated nutritional fact of a medium sized apple.

Calcium 10 mg
Calories 81
Carbohydrate 21 grams
Dietary fiber 4 grams
Folate 4 µg
Insoluble fiber
Iron .25mg
Phosphorus 10 mg
Potassium 159 mg
Sodium 0.00 mg
Soluble Fiber
Vitamin A 73 IU
Vitamin C 8 mg

Apples for Weight Loss
So if you are looking to lose weight, try adding 3 apples to your daily diet for 2-3 months. You should see the difference. While it may not seem like much, the 3 daily apples will up your fiber intake and thus making you eat less since you will feel more full often. It is essentially replacing what you may have eaten otherwise that may have higher calorie content in place of that food that will make you feel full.

It will also help cleanse your body and give you more vitamins and nutrients than that ‘other food’. This will let your body clean out its system and turn you into a healthier you. So next time you’re at the grocer, drop by the fruit section and get an apple.

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