In honor of National Apple Month here are four reasons why they say an apple a day helps keep the doctor away.
Packing in quite a bit of soluble fiber (4 grams per medium apple) for a modest amount of calories (95) makes apples a filling, sweet snack.
Plus, a medium apple counts as 1 cup of fruit, so after eating one you’re well on your way to meeting your daily fruit quota (around 2 cups for adults on a 2,000-calorie diet).
They also are a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C (providing 14% of the Daily Value).
2. Weight Loss
Apples satisfy hunger for few calories so it’s not surprising that they can be used to help you lose weight. Apples are full of antioxidants and pectin (a type of fiber), which are the reason they’re so good at curbing your appetite.
3. Heart health
Antioxidants found in apples are also good for your heart’s health because they help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and inhibit inflammation. The soluble fiber in apples has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
4. Exercise longer
Eating an apple before you work out may boost your exercise endurance. Apples deliver an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.