|WHY AN APPLE A DAY IS A PRETTY GOOD IDEA…
While you should probably still keep your next appointment with your doctor, it turns out the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a mantra you might want to adopt after all! By incorporating an apple into your daily routine, you will give your body the gift of a whole myriad of health benefits, all packaged into one perfectly sweet, juicy, and crunchy snack. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider adding an apple-a-day to your routine this week…
APPLES CAN HELP REGULATE BOOD SUGAR
Regulating blood sugar by avoiding spikes in blood sugar is an important key to managing fat storage in the body. Luckily, it turns out that a phytonutrient in apples called quercetin can actually help you balance your blood sugar by slowing process were complex carbohydrates breakdown into simple sugars in your body. By doing this, quercetin helps keep your blood sugar more stable by releasing fewer simple sugars into the blood stream at one time. Without these blood sugar spikes, you will be more able to use your calories as fuel and energy rather than be stored as fat.
APPLES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART HEALTH
Apples promote heart health in several ways. They are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol. They also have polyphenols, which are linked to lower blood pressure and stroke risk.
APPLES CAN HELP KEEP YOU FULL, LONGER
Because of the fiber and water content of apples, studies have shown that apples increase satiety which will keep you feeling fuller for longer! This is incredibly important when monitoring your calories for fat loss.
APPLES CAN HELP PROMOTE A HEALTHY GUT
Apples contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic which help feeds the good bacteria in your gut. New research suggests this may be the reason for some of the protective effects of apples against obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
SOURCES: https://authoritynutrition.com/10-health-benefits-of-apples/ and http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=15 .