An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

We’ve been hearing for decades that apples are extremely healthy for us, but what is it exactly that sets them apart from all those other delicious fruits?  This simple fruit goes a long way, and here’s why!

It protects your bones. A flavanoid (phloridzin) that is found only in apples protects post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.

Prevents Alzheimer’s. A flavanoid, quercetin, in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

Lowers Cholesterol. The pectin in apples lowers LDL cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.

Prevents cancer. Studies have proven that the high levels of pectin and quercetin in apples prevent breast, colon, liver, and lung cancer.

Here's a fun way to incorporate apples into your meal! Check out this recipe for these lemon ricotta pancakes with sauteed apples

Manages diabetes. The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.

Weight Loss. A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting. Also, apples satisfy hunger for not many calories so it’s not surprising that they can be part of a healthy diet that promotes weight loss.

Try this baked apple recipe from myrecipes.com for a tasty dessert you won't regret later!

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