As the cooler fall temperatures replace the sweltering summer heat, there is no better time to enjoy this season’s bounty of delicious, juicy apples!
You may be familiar with the expression of eating an apple a day will keep the doctor away. There is growing evidence to justify the health benefits of consuming this shiny, crispy fruit.
An apple is the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Packed with phytonutrients (helps defend against environmental challenges) , apples can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Apples have antioxidants that can help reduce glucose absorption and stimulate insulin receptors.
Research indicates that polyphenols* in an apple can have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate metabolism.
Apples are also an excellent source of the fiber called pectin, which works together with polyphenols and can help reduce triglycerides.
Research suggests that it is best to consume apples in their whole food form. Recent studies compared the intake of whole apples to the intake of applesauce and apple juice. The researchers discovered that less hunger and greater satisfaction was reported after consuming the whole apple.
Additionally, when eating a medium apple about 15 minutes prior to a meal, calorie intake of that meal decreased by 15 percent. Whole apples take longer to chew and eating the skin contributes to a higher fiber intake.
So go ahead and enjoy biting into a great Granny Smith or if you prefer a mouthwatering Macintosh, whatever kind of apple your taste buds like!
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