We all know that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” which is really true, as this delicious fruit offers many health benefits.
Apples have very few amounts of nutrients, and almost 86% of the content of an apple is water. But, they are rich in fibers and antioxidants, which promotes our health.
Health Benefits of Apples
Controls & Prevents Diabetes
Apple is a diabetic-friendly fruit as it has a low glycemic index of 39 (1).
Apples are low on carbohydrates too. 100 grams of apples contains only 16 grams of carbohydrates.
Also, studies have found that the antioxidants in apple help lower fasting blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes (2,3).
Reduces the Risk of Lung Cancer
Apple peel has an active component called flavonoid, which fights against cancer cells (4).
Also, a study indicates that the consumption of apples lowers the risk of cancer, especially lung cancer (5).
Helps in Weight Loss
Apples are very low on calories.100 grams of apples contains only 52 calories. Moreover, research shows that a daily intake of three apples or more might help lose weight (6).
Reduces the Risk of Asthma
Asthma or wheezing is a condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed. As apples possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, they help prevent asthma (7).
Good for Heart Health
Apples may help lower LDL cholesterol, which is bad for your overall health. Also, they may help increase good cholesterol levels (HDL) (8,9).
Apples (unpeeled) are a great source of fiber, which helps relieve constipation (10,11). This makes apple a good choice for people who have diagnosed with hemorrhoids (Piles).
Apple seeds are poisonous:
When biting an apple, make sure that you are not eating apple seeds. Apple seeds contain cyanide, which is poisonous and can be deadly in high doses (12).