An apple a day does more than keep the doctor away.
A new CSIRO summary of research revealed crunching on this tasty fruit can also help keep your heart healthy, control appetite, and assist with weight loss.
Leading health and lifestyle expert Dr Joanna McMillan said we were still discovering just how important a daily apple could be to our overall health.
“We know crunching on an apple makes us feel great. What we are now learning is how the compounds in apples, especially polyphenols and apple fibre actually help our bodies,” says Dr McMillan.
“This new evidence makes it even more important to eat the whole apple, skin and all, to ensure you’re getting all the goodness, because a lot of the antioxidants, fibre and polyphenols are found close to or in the skin.”
Dr Joanna McMillan shares her top five reasons why you should eat an apple a day.
Apple Eaters Weigh Less
Eating whole apples can help control your appetite and assist with weight loss, by helping you feel fuller for longer.
Studies have shown that both adults and children who eat apples regularly are more likely to have a lower BMI.
Initially, researchers believed it was the low energy density of apples that helped manage weight. More recent animal research suggests the dietary fibre (pectin) and polyphenols in apples may also play a role in appetite and weight control.
Good For Gut Health
Emerging research shows eating apples is associated with healthier gut bacteria. It is believed eating apples results in positive changes to gut bacteria (or microbiota).
While the exact health effects of this are not yet known, the gut microbiome (the genes of the microbiota) are now understood to play an important role in maintaining good health and preventing disease.
Put The Crunch On Cancer
Regularly eating apples is associated with a reduced risk of some of the most common forms of cancer. This has been shown for breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma1.
Keep Your Ticker Healthy
There is a strengthening body of scientific evidence that a regular apple habit is good for your heart.
Apples and their nutritional components help lower total and LDL cholesterol. While observational studies link eating more apples with a reduced risk of stroke, hypertension and a range of heart disease risk factors. Emerging research from the University of Western Australia also suggests that eating apples may improve blood pressure and elasticity of blood vessels.
Ideal Snack For Kids
Apples are a great morning snack for kids and perfect for recess. Research shows apples are more effective than a glass of (semi-skimmed) milk at reducing morning munchies1. Kids who regularly eat apples are more likely to have a lower BMI, better overall nutrition, a better diet and be at lower risk of obesity.