Everyone’s heard the phrase: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! And when you look at the science, this old adage might actually ring true. Apples aren’t the only thing you need to eat to support your healthy lifestyle — eating an apple alongside a diet that otherwise consists of just junk foods isn’t going to cure all. But it can definitely help!
Apple season is one of the first markers that summer is over. One of America’s favorite ways to celebrate the season, apple picking (and baking apple-filled desserts with your winnings), is arguably one of the best things about fall. Apples have given us more than just pies. They’ve also given us hot apple cider, apple juice, applesauce, and other great foods. No matter how you slice it, eating an apple is a good idea.
But the most classic way to eat an apple is just to bite it (just make sure you wash it off first!). And every time you do, you don’t only get a sweet, delicious snack — you also get these 11 great health benefits.
Better immunity means a lower chance of getting sick. Colds and viruses are never a good time. Good thing apples are in peak season just in time for flu season! Apples contain vitamin C, which can help to boost immunity. Your body can’t make vitamin C on its own; your supply of this essential nutrient needs to come from your diet. Oranges get all the attention for supplying vitamin C, but adding an apple to your day can help, too — as can eating these other immune-boosting foods.
If their taste alone isn’t enough to make you fall in love, this added benefit might help. The fall fruit can actually help your heart health; the fibers and antioxidants in apples work their magic and lower cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease according to some studies.
No matter if you’re munching on a Red Delicious or a Honey Crisp, choosing an apple can help cut your cancer risk. The phytochemicals in each bite can help to mitigate the risk of colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and various cancers of the throat and mouth, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Calcium isn’t the only thing your bones need to stay strong — they also benefit from anti-inflammatory compounds, which can preserve bone density by preventing damage. Studies show that all kinds of fruit can lead to healthier bones. But one study looked at apples specifically and found that women who ate an apple, apple juice, or applesauce with their meal lost less calcium than a group of women who didn’t.
The flesh of an apple is loaded with dietary fiber; as long as you’re eating the fruit and not just drinking apple juice, you’re getting a good amount of this essential nutrient. Fiber helps keep your digestion running smoothly, as well as reduces the risk of high cholesterol and other health problems.
A crisp, cool apple can help keep your skin looking young. The same antioxidants that stave off cancer by shooing away free radicals can also help prevent wrinkles and other age-related changes to your skin. Eating more apples can help maintain your bright complexion, and these other healthy foods can, too!
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