A wealth of research suggests that eating apples may impact your health in a number of beneficial ways:
- Brain Health: Apples have been found to protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease.
- Stroke: Eating apples is linked to a decreased risk of stroke.
- Diabetes: Three servings of apples (and other fruits, such as blueberries and grapes) are linked to a 7 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This may be due to their beneficial role in blood sugar regulation, as apples contain compounds that may:
- Lessen absorption of glucose from your digestive tract
- Stimulate beta cells in your pancreas to secrete insulin
- Increase uptake of glucose from your blood by stimulating insulin receptors
- Cancer: Apples have a number of properties that may help reduce the risk of cancer, including antimutagenic activity, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory mechanisms, antiproliferative and apoptosis-inducing activity, as well as "novel mechanisms on epigenetic events and innate immunity." According to the journal Planta Medica: “Apple products have been shown to prevent skin, mammary and colon carcinogenesis in animal models. Epidemiological observations indicate that regular consumption of one or more apples a day may reduce the risk for lung and colon cancer.”
- Heart Disease: Eating apples are associated with a lower risk of death from heart disease, an association that’s thought to be related to their content of antioxidant flavonoids.
|Nutrition Facts Serving size: 1 large apple (8 oz / 242 g) Raw, edible weight portion Calories 130 Calories from Fat 0 *Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.||Amt per Serving||%DV*||Amt per Serving||%DV*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%||Total Carbohydrate 34g||11%|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0%||Dietary Fiber 5g||20%|
|Sodium 0mg||0%||Sugars 25g|
|Potassium 260mg||7%||Protein 1g|