In studies reported by Frank Shallenberger, MD, in his Real Cures newsletter, those in the study group who ate five or more apples per week significantly improved their breathing. How about this: there are over 450 different nutrients in a fresh apple. Researchers are searching to identify the benefits of all these many nutrients. Does this prove that old proverb was right? “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The average weight of an apple is 242 grams, contains 126 calories, and has significant dietary fiber. This fruit will certainly fit in the diet of everyone.
Availability of Apples
Apples are everywhere. They are grown around the world with almost half grown in (you guessed it) China . The United States is second with more than 6% produced here. Apples are hardy and transport easily. Most are consumed raw, but are also found in prepared foods. There are hundreds of varieties of apples; which means that you should be able to find one to fit your taste. An apple can fill you up so it is a good food to help with weight reduction. This wonderful food can be eaten as part of a meal or just as a snack.
The research on the nutritional value of apples is gaining importance. One study lead by Dr. Blechman entitled “Eating apples may make breathing easier” and published in Muscular Development; found that people with pulmonary problems seemed to improve when they ate apples regularly.
Glycemic Load of Apples
This is another testament to the importance of basic foods to aid in the prevention and improvement of certain diseases. Apples have a glycemic load of 9, which is very low, on the International Tables of Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Values. This index was created to measure the rise in blood sugar levels after eating certain foods. High blood sugar levels contribute to various diseases. So the overall health value of apples is clear. Apples are the kind of food that you can hardly eat too much of and you can’t say that about many foods.
Apples and Apple Juice are not the same
When we think of apple juice we tend to think of a healthy drink. Well of course it is more nutritious than beer or wine, but not as good for you as fresh apples. Bottled and canned apple juice are usually loaded with extra sugar and that’s not good. The apples used to make it are mostly the fallen ones found on the ground. You can imagine what processing and additives need to be added to the mixture to produce safe clean apple juice. Fresh apples are healthy, nutritious, and tasty. Apples are digested more slowly than apple juice and therefore the phytochemicals they contain are more easily absorbed into the blood. That’s why apples make the healthy difference.
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