It's one of the most recognizable expressions around: «An apple a day keeps the doctor away». Could the common apple honestly help a person to maintain perfect health?

   Let's consider some of the facts about fresh apples and their effect on our health:

  • Apples are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol.
  • An apple a day can reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and many types of cancer.
  • Apples are among the other fruits that have been linked to reduce risk of diabetes.
  • That average medium-sized apple contains 4 grams of dietary fiber, which is 17% of the daily recommended value for average person.
  • Apples act as a toothbrush, cleaning teeth and killing bacteria in the mouth, which may reduce the risk of tooth decay.
  • Apple and grapes are two types of green fruit with equal fibre and vitamin C, but if you’re watching your blood sugar levels, apples are your best pick, grapes have 50 per cent more sugar and a higher glycemic index.
  • Apples are an excellent source of pectin - a form of soluble fiber than lowers both blood pressure and glucose levels.
  • Facts about fresh apples
  • Apples are rich in antioxidants, dietary fibre, vitamin C, potassium and B vitamins. They also have a low GI of 38.
  • How many calories in an apple? Less than 100 calories in a medium-sized apple.
  • Crunching on an apple for fiber helps with digestion and may aid in losing weight
  • One medium apple has 14% of your daily recommended value of vitamin C.
  • Fiber in apples is known for creating a feeling of fullness in one’s body, which may aid in weight loss.
  • Antioxidants and phytochemicals in apples have been linked to help prevent a number of chronic diseases, including: Alzheimer’s, lung cancer, heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes and more.
  • Quercetin in the skin of an apple protects your brain cells.
  • Apples rank low on the Glycemic Index, which measures how rapidly carbohydrates in a food boost blood sugar.
  • Apples contain boron, a mineral that helps protect bones.
  • Your skin benefits when you eat apples, thanks to a few B vitamins and also vitamin C.

   So, if you need another reason to incorporate more fresh apples and other fruits into your diet, think about what they can do to improve your health.