Benefits Of Eating An Apple Everyday
One of the neat things about running a healthy restaurant is that I get to meet many wonderful people with a multitude of different diet preferences.
I’ve met those who say they never eat fruits and vegetables, and others who eat only fruits and vegetables. Some abstain from fruit and others eat it almost exclusively.
Yet, regardless of the latest diet trend, one bit of nutritional wisdom always rings true:
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
According to research uncovered by the NutritionFacts team, eating just “… an apple or two a week was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of dying from all causes put together.”
That’s certainly impressive in its own right, but what comes next is even more so:
“… [Those] who ate and apple a day had a 35-percent lower risk.”
In this amazing video, Dr. Greger points to a major review which found that an apple or two a day eaten with peel led to a lower risk of:
Cancer of the larynx
Another video looks at a study in which researchers placed gradually increasing amounts of organic Gala apple peel extract on Petri dishes seeded with prostate or breast cancer cells. With each addition of extract, the cancer cells’ growth rate dropped.
The study’s conclusion? “Apple peels may possess strong antiproliferative effects against cancer cells, and [they] should not be discarded from the diet.” Clear evidence that eating a whole food, plant-based diet is the way to go!
That’s also the premise of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s Whole. Earlier this year, I posted the findings of a study it cited. The researchers measured the antioxidant activity in a half-cup of fresh apple:
“… although it contained 5.7 milligrams of actual Vitamin C, the apple had ‘C-like antioxidant activity’ of a 1,500-milligram supplement more than 260 times its size!
How is this possible?
Because, he says, “there is a treasure trove of such vitamin-C-like compounds in apples. These include other antioxidants… found only in plants… The list of these chemicals in apples… is long, and likely reflects just the tip of the iceberg.”
In other words, the apple’s Vitamin C doesn’t work alone! By teaming up with a host of other antioxidants it produces results far beyond what a Vitamin C supplement can deliver. An apple is so much more than a simple little fruit you can hold in your hand!
Want the most antioxidant bang for your apple-purchasing bucks? NutritionFacts identifies Red Delicious as the one to reach for the next time you’re in the produce aisle. Granny Smith is a close runner-up.
So, no matter what kind of diet you follow, eating a whole, peel-included Red Delicious a day will make it healthier!