An apple a day really does help keep the doctor away. The research speaks for itself. Apples and apple products, such as juice and sauce, have been shown to protect against age-related memory loss, promote improved lung function, decrease the risk of heart disease or stroke, and reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.
Recent Studies Find…
Apples Cut Heart Disease, Metabolic Risk
Adults who eat apples and applesauce and drink apple juice have a significantly reduced rate of metabolic syndrome, according to recent results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Phytochemicals Found In Apples Can Help Retard Tumor Growth
Consumers can get the best health benefits by drinking unfiltered apple juice or cider. The study also showed that apples contain many of the same benefits of exotic fruits like pomegranates, as a valuable source of antioxidant compounds.
Age-Related Memory Improvement Linked With Consumption Of Apple Products
New research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell suggests that eating and drinking apple products, in conjunction with a balanced diet, can protect the brain from the effects of oxidative stress. It also suggests that consuming apple juice may protect cell damage that contributes to age-related memory loss, even in test animals that were not prone to developing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Cornell Study Finds Apples May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Cornell University has conducted a study on the direct effects of apples on breast cancer prevention in animals. Research found that the phytochemicals present in apples may contribute to their anti-cancer activities.
Apple Procyanidins Linked To Reduced Colon Cancer Risk
Taking a mouthwatering bite out of an apple may also take a bite out of colon cancer risk, according to new French animal research about procyanidins, a category of phytonutrients found abundantly in apples.
High-Fiber Fruits Lower Heart Disease Risk
Eating a couple of apples a day may significantly cut heart disease risk, according to a new study of the health benefits of fiber consumption—suggesting that such high-fiber carbohydrates should be embraced, not avoided, experts say.
Australian Researchers Report Apples Linked To Reduced Asthma Risk
Research published in an American journal suggests apples are positively associated with a reduced risk of asthma; researchers point to the whole food, rather than particular nutrients, for health benefits. This is the latest of several studies to suggest apples may help maintain lung health.
Apples May Promote Weight Loss
The apple of the famed old health adage may also help reduce the feminine pear shape more rapidly, according to new Brazilian research.
Research Finds Apples May Reduce Major Chronic Disease Risk
Finnish researchers report that apple nutrients may reduce the risk of many major chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and asthma, as reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Apples and Apple Products - The Smart Choice:
- Apples have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and a medium-size apple contains only 80 calories.
- A medium-size apple provides five grams of dietary fiber—20 percent of the recommended daily intake. This is more than oatmeal or most breakfast cereal.
- Apple juice and apple cider are a tasty way to get your minimum five servings of fruits and vegetables per day for optimum health.
- Six ounces of apple juice or apple cider or one-half cup (4 ounces) of apple sauce count as one daily serving.
- Apples contain pectin, a water-soluble fiber found to reduce levels of cholesterol by removing it from the blood stream.
- Apples contain complex carbohydrates that give you energy faster than eating something high in sugar.
- Apples contain boron, an essential trace element that helps to harden bones, which may reduce the onset of osteoporosis.