As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This fruit packs plenty of health benefits and should be considered a part of any healthy diet.
It's a well-known fact that fruits and vegetables should be a part of a complete and healthy diet. Apples have long been a popular choice for those who are trying to lose weight. They are a healthy option with a sweet flavor. A medium-sized apple contains about 95 calories, along with healthy fiber which helps to lower cholesterol and prevent various diseases. Fiber also does wonders to make you feel full. Snacking on an apple can help to curb your appetite and make healthy choices at mealtime. Most diets are lacking in fiber and apples can help individuals reach the recommended daily amount.
With new diet fads and theories becoming popular, there was some backlash against fruits. Those who are on strict low carb diets limit their fruit servings due to the number of carbs in fruits. Apples, in particular, contain a high number of carbs. However, the carbs found in apples are not the same as those in sugary or processed foods, which cause spikes in blood sugar levels. Instead, the fruit contains carbs that offer many different nutrients which act as fuel and work to burn fat. This makes an apple a convenient pre-workout snack for those who need an energy boost. It is also said the energy one can receive from an apple is more than that of a cup of coffee.
Those who are on a strict, low carb diet may want to limit the number of apples they consume, and those with a not-uncommon apple allergy should also steer clear of the fruit. Everyone else, however, should feel free to keep apples in their diet and enjoy the many health benefits.
Possible short-term side effects
- increased blood sugar
Ingredients to be aware of
- decreases risk of disease
- decreases risk of cancer
- boosts immune system
- reduces cholesterol
- promotes heart health
- fights diarrhea / constipation
- promotes weight loss
- helps detoxify the liver
- boosts energy
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Written by Healthy Living 35 | 12-29-2015
Written by Healthy Living 35
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