Properties and Benefits of Apples: Apples are definitely the most prestigious fruit in the entire plant world. I mean, who isn’t familiar with the famous saying An apple a day keeps the doctor away? This widely popular fruit knows no cultural boundary or disrespect. From the earliest times, the properties and benefits of apples have been intensely advertised and apples have been viewed as some sort of wonder-fruit that ward off any kind of disease. They are said to contain phytochemicals that protect us from heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Apples are rich in flavonoids such as Quercitin, a potent antioxidant. Recent studies also show that the polyphenols found in apples can prevent blood sugar spikes that may lead to energy ups and lows and feelings of tiredness. Despite having little nutritional value, the fruit contain pectin, a natural compound that works against both diarrhea and constipation. Moreover, apples are one of the few fruits easy enough on the stomach to be eaten when feeling sick.
Scientists have proven only recently that apples bring important health benefits in terms of their impact on the flora of the digestive tract. Laboratory studies (on animals) have shown that eating apples can significantly modify the numbers of two bacteria in the large intestine: Clostridiales and Bacteriodes.
As a result of the changes in the number of these bacteria, the activity of the large intestine is altered in a way that appears to be beneficial for the body. For instance, after apples are eaten, there is an increase in the levels of butyric acid, a sort of fuel for the cells of the large intestine.
Quercitin is the main flavonoid found in apples and the highest concentration is in the peel of the fruit rather than in its pulp. There are many people who peel apples before eating them which, in many cases is not such a bad idea. If your are 100% sure the apples you are eating are natural (pesticide-free), then it is best you eat the skin of the fruit along with the pulp. If not, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea if you threw the skin away. After all, why willingly ingest poison?
If you are lucky enough to get you hands on some real apples (usually those that grow in the coutryside are more likely to be 100% natural), you will get to know how real apples taste like. Organic or natural apples not only taste good (genuinely sweet or sour, depending the the variety), but they also have a strong fruity aroma.
As with many other fruits, you can smell the real ones. Not to mention that organic or natural apples have, besides a few vitamins and minerals, a decent quantity of phytochemicals and antioxidants. When apples have a red peel, it can only mean that they are rich in anthocyanins which are basically natural antioxidants highly beneficial for our cardiovascular health.
Most of the polyphenols found in apples act as strong antioxidants, which is why many scientific studies assert the fact that apples are highly beneficial for our health. What is indeed surprising is this fruit’s ability to reduce fat oxidation within the cell membrane.
It’s true that apples have some vitamin C and the famous pectin, however, they scarcely have any B complex vitamins or much of any essential vitamins and dietary minerals. Overall, they are very low in nutrients and the only health benefits they bring us are a result of their phytochemical content.
Isn’t it curious though that the apple, the most advertised fruit on the planet, is so poor in vitamins? Why is then so advertised? Is the apple your absolute favorite fruit? What do you think about the ideas advanced? Has eating apples on a regular basis improved your health significantly?