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An apple a day…

January 18, 2016

You’ve heard it all your life: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!”┬áThe saying, which has been around since the 1860’s, has a ton of truth to it. More and more modern day research has justified it, and the health benefits are crazy good! While there are over a dozen potential benefits, here are some of the top ones:

-Reduces cholesterol. You can thank the bountiful fiber for that!

-Lowers obesity. The skin of the apple contains ursolic acid, which has been linked to lower obesity rates.

-Better lungs. Apples are packed with antioxidants. Once again, the skin of the apple wins here!

-Prevent diseases and cancer. Studies suggest that eating apples regularly may help ward off some forms of cancer, Alzheimers disease, and a slew of other diseases!

One of my personal favorite benefits is the aid in indigestion. I began suffering heartburn and indigestion a couple years ago. Shortly after trying different medicines, a friend suggested eating apples. I liked apples already, but never really kept them around the kitchen. I began eating an apple every morning with breakfast and found it tamed my acid reflux and all associated symptoms. While it may not be able to rid all symptoms 100% of the time, I have certainly noticed a huge difference. Plus, they taste great and have a ton of other health benefits!

One thing to note: wash your apples and store them in the fridge! Apples have one of the highest contamination rates with pesticides. If pesticides aren’t your thing, wash them thoroughly and dry with a towel. If you can afford to buy organic, this is one of those items I would suggest splurging on! As far as the fridge goes, apples last a while longer when kept in colder conditions.

While the cider industry isn’t really allowed to tout any potential health benefits of hard cider (yet), you can certainly enjoy the goodness of whole apples!

 

-Erik