We all have heard – “An Apple a day keeps doctor away”, But how?
You want an iPhone. We must admit that the mere mention of the word apple nowadays leads you to think of the company rather than the fruit. Whatever Steve Jobs had in mind when he came up with this name, he must have been thinking of how an apple a day would keep the doctor away, as the cliché goes. Or does it really keep the doctor away? Perhaps! Besides, they wouldn’t really claim that it keeps the doctor away if the benefits of apple are non-existent.
[divider]The Nutritional Value of Apple[/divider]
Known by the scientific name Malus domestica, the apple is part of the rose family, a pomaceous fruit which is a product of the apple tree. In terms of nutrition, the natural benefits of apple could be attributed to its polyphenol content, which includes catechins, anthocyanins, and chlorogenic acid, among others. Apples are also a rich source of both fiber and Vitamin C. Before peeling the fruit, remember that its skin is also a treasure trove of the said nutrients, which means more nutrients for you if you decide to eat it along with the flesh.
Thanks to the nutritional value of apple, there are a lot of health benefits to be derived from regular consumption. The phytonutrients that it contains are known to regulate blood sugar levels. Flavonoids, on the other hand also have something to do with blood sugar regulation by producing enzymes that allow simple sugars to break easier. In terms of fiber content, the apple ranks low in comparison with other fruits, although when combined with the other nutrients found in this fruit, it might be sufficient to trigger some of the advantages high fiber fruits could give you.
[divider]What Illness and Diseases Apple Cures[/divider]
There have been studies correlating regular apple intake and the significant reduction in the risk of lung cancer as well as asthma, which is said to be possible thanks to the fruit’s high antioxidant content. Colon cancer and prostate cancer are also said to be effectively prevented with the regular intake of apples.
[divider]When to Avoid Apple?[/divider]
Who should avoid apple altogether? Adam and Eve definitely did not, and look what happened to them. Even Snow White had some serious bad luck with this fruit. Should you suffer the same fate? There are not so many disadvantages in eating apples, with the risk mostly concentrated on a certain phenomenon called birch apple syndrome, which is primarily for people who are allergic to birch pollen. Perhaps, that was what triggered Snow White to sleep that long. As for the seeds, one could get cyanide poisoning if they are eaten in excess, but why would you want to that? Apart from these specific allergies and rare cases, other health risks in eating apples mostly involve pesticide residues or wax-related issues brought about by shipping methods for distribution to the consumer market. Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? You might want to give it a shot!