An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away is a famous Welsh proverb I think we have all heard growing up… but what benefits do apples actually have? Is there any science behind this ‘proverb’. As someone who eats predominantly raw vegan, and eats many apples (mostly due to the fact here in the UK they are one of the more affordable fruits). It made me want to do much more research into the benefits these little things are having on my health, and I figured I would share with you guys my findings and thoughts on them.
The facts are that apples are very rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and fibre. This meaning they can help reduce nasty illnesses such as cancers, diabetes and heart diseases.
Apparently apples even help are brains…. Neat huh? They help reduce cellular death! In turn helping to prevent dementia, reduce the risk of strokes, lower cholesterol and even ward of Breast cancer! Those apples are looking much more appealing now aren’t they?!
Something that I was intrigued by is the studies showing apples can infact help reduce diabetes, known for their high sugar content (good sugars) they are often perceived as one of the worst fruits to eat for high sugar levels, but in fact, the opposite is correct.
Apples also have practically no fat, sodium or cholesterol. But do include a whole host of amazing properties such as Vitamin C (yes, it’s not just in those oranges!), B complex vitamins, calcium and potassium (amongst many others).
Negatives to apples are few and far between other than one I have come across… Teeth. It is said due to their high acidic content, they can damage teeth, particularly when eating as snacks, and that apples are best eaten with other foods. I personally eat several apples in one sitting and have done for some time now and haven’t noticed any issues thus far, so this won’t hinder me at the moment. Also it has been shown that due to the acidic content they actually help to whiten the tooth surface and make them healthier through less bacteria and tooth decay… as you can see… controversial.
P.S always eat your apple peel, the most fibre is found in and just under the peel!
I think it’s safe to say these little green and red (and often yellow) balls are a power house, and perhaps an apple a day really can keep those doctors away! I also mono meal apples on a regular basis home here as like I said they are ridiculously cheap! I buy around 30 apples a week, and find they store for at least 2 weeks nicely on the kitchen side. I juice them, use them on salads, for puddings and they are particularly good for sweetening those nasty, yet necessary green juices!
I have tried many apple recipes and some of my current favourites worth a mention are the following;
Salads; Apple, Avo, Walnut Salad
Pudding; Apple Cinnamon bars
Hope you’ve enjoyed this one and let me know what fruit you would love me to talk about next 😉