BestHealth: Weekly Fruit Fix – Apples

// August 23, 2011

An apple a day, may actually keep the doctor away! Some studies have shown that apples are good for the heart! Add it to your lunch, as a snack, in a delicious salad or in a meal. Apples are wonderfully versatile so its easy to add them to your daily menu.

We often take apples for granted and gravitate towards more glamorous foods. But sometimes simple is best. There is a wide variety of apples in any grocery store, so making them a part of your diet is as easy as going to a store.

So why are apples good for you?

They may have the ability to keep your heart healthy. Apples can help lower bad cholesterol which affects the health of our heart in a negative way. Elevated levels of LDL (low density lipoprotein) put your body at risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease. Over time the build up of cholesterol plaque might thicken the artery and decreases blood flow through the narrowed area.  Apples may have the ability to block cholesterol absorption and encourages the body to use it instead of store it.

Eating apples may also help regulate your blood sugar, protect against cancer, safeguard the lungs and even control appetite.

Remember, consult a doctor or health practitioner if you have any concerns about adding this fruit to your diet.



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