Healthy Food – How Apples Does a Body Good

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The ILEAD Company® welcomes you to Fitness Friday. On Fridays, I will educate you on becoming mentally sound and physically fit. Nutrition and Fitness is influential!

The primary goal is to help speakers rise to the call of being a winning leader, where you are consistently growing your influence, impact and income.

In order for speaking professionals to truly be influential and impact lives, they must be mentally sound and physically fit. Superfoods are great at keeping the body healthy if consumed moderately. We spoke about this last Friday. Let’s talk about apples more specifically on today and they help they body maintain health.

Healthy Food – How Apples Does a Body Good

Apples are a powerful source of antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavonoids, and vitamin C, as well as good source of fibre, and potassium. There are only 47 calories in an average sized apple. The secret behind the super antioxidant capacity of the apple is its skin. The apple skin alone provides two to six times the antioxidant activity of the apple flesh alone. Therefore it’s important to eat the skin as well so you obtain the full health benefits.

Varities of Apples

There are a variety of apples, and each of these have their own unique skin color. Along with these differences in skin color come differences in the chemical make-up of the skin itself, as the phytonutrient content varies in concentration and types of polyphenols present. For instance, in the United States, Fuji apples have the highest total phenolic and total flavonoid content of any apple. Thus, it’s important to eat a variety of different apples to ensure that you maintain a healthy nutritional balance.

 How nutritious are apples?

Along with being a tasty, low-calorie source of antioxidants, apples are also high in fibre. One large apple has 5.7 grams of fibre, which is 30 percent of the minimum amount of your daily fibre requirements. Diets that are high in fibre have been highly correlated with a reduction in the risk of developing heart disease. So, eating an apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, but also keeps your heart happy. Aside from its link to heart health, the apple has also been linked to the prevention of lung cancer, improved pulmonary (lung) function, and the prevention of type II diabetes. 

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