8 Extraordinary Health Benefits Of Apples

Red Delicious, Fiji, Granny Smiths. It doesn’t matter which variety of apple you choose, they’re all just as delicious. Apples are a favorite snack for many, and with good reason. Nothing tackles a snack craving like the sweet, crisp flesh of a ripe apple. And the best part about eating an apple? Knowing that they will love you back just as much as you love them. Here are a few wonderful benefits of eating apples.

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1. Apples Keep You Full Longer

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Your mid-afternoon apple snack will keep you going all the way to dinner. Apples are packed with fiber which stop you suffering from hunger pangs. Our body takes longer to digest complex fibers than it does for simple, refined ones, so you won’t feel the need to reach for a bag of chips anytime soon. It’s also very low in calories, so you won’t have to increase your calorie count while chowing them down.

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2. It Prevents And Controls Anemia

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Deficiency in hemoglobin can lead to anemia or iron deficiency. If you’re a woman, anemia is a real cause for concern considering the routine blood loss every month. Apples are fully loaded with iron and so they must be included as part of your diet. A diet of iron-rich foods like apples, will prevent you from developing anemia or will manage the symptoms of it.

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3. They Promote Good Bacteria

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Bacteria is essential for having a healthy body and digestive system, the good kind at least. Prebiotics encourage the growth of gut bacteria, which break down your food and ease your digestive process. Apples contain a fiber called pectin, which is sent to your colon and feeds all the good bacteria. This promotes their growth and multiplication, thus

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helping you feel less bloated and uneasy.

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4. It Could Help You Lose Weight

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Most of us gain weight when we binge on junk food in a fit of hunger. So how do we curb that? By never letting ourselves get hungry. Filling yet low-calorie foods are a godsend when we’re trying to lose those pesky few pounds. Apples tick all the boxes when it comes to being a nutritious weight-loss snack. Fill yourself up on an apple and you won’t feel so compelled to order a large pizza after.

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5. They Help You Breathe Easier

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Amazingly, eating 5 or more apples a week has been shown to vastly improve respiratory problems associated with smoking. Researchers aren’t entirely sure why, but they suspect that the antioxidant quercetin present in apples,

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is particularly powerful at combating inflammation triggered by smoking. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can smoke a pack a day just as long as you’re eating an apple at the end of it. But eating an apple a day along with cutting back on cigarettes, could help you improve your respiratory health.

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6. Apples Are Powerful Cancer Fighters

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Powerful antioxidants present in apples fight oxidative cell damage that often leads to cancer. Apples have been found to be particularly adept at preventing colon cancer. Numerous studies have shown that eating apples regularly killed existing cancer cells in the colon as well as preventing them from forming in the first place. Never eat your apples peeled though as most of the cancer-busting phytonutrients are in the peel.

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7. They Protect Your Heart

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major cause for heart disease is the overload of bad cholesterol in your body. Bad cholesterol (LDL) causes plaque to build up in your arteries and restrict blood flow. Apples contain a soluble fiber which absorbs LDL before it can cause any damage to your vessels. You’ll still need to follow up with a better overall diet and exercise, but apples could be a great addition to your heart health journey.

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8. They Control And Prevent Diabetes

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Diabetics are often told to suppress their sweet tooth, but apples are one sweet craving you can satisfy without guilt. Sugars in apples are mostly just fructose sugars, which don’t have the same negative impact on your blood sugar levels that refined sugar does. The fibers present in apples also control the amount of sugar being released into your bloodstream so your body doesn’t have to deal with a sudden sugar spike.