You know how delicious they are but did you know they are chemically complex and a great way to help control cholesterol levels? They contain a range of elements which research has shown to be effective in countering heart disease and stroke.
Remember Johnny Appleseed,
All ye who love the apple;
He served his kind by word and deed,
In God’s grand greenwood chapel.
-William Henry Venable
John Chapman a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed was a real life person. It has been said that he was the source of apple orchards throughout the Midwest, and earning him the legendary nickname and status as an American folk hero.
Apples have long been favored because of their great taste. But there are some other important benefits. Apples have natural cholesterol-lowering properties and that makes it appeal as a health food as strong as ever, according to Tony O’Donnell in his book, Miracle Red Super Foods that Heal.
Apple rich diets help reduce blood cholesterol levels without expensive medications. Plus the more apples you eat, the less cholesterol-boosting high fat foods you’re likely to consume says O’Donnell.
Pectins, phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, D-glucaric acid, and vitamin C are just five good reasons to love delicious and chemically complex apples.
According to O’Donnell Pectins are found in most fruits and vegetables. Apples contain the forth largest amount of Pectin among 11 common fruits and in a tie for eighth place among 24 common fruits and vegetables.
In one study it showed that daily apple consumption lowered cholesterol levels by as much as 29%. Researchers at University of California at Davis found that phenolic antioxidants in both whole apples and apple juice were very effective in combating LDL cholesterol.
Also at UC Davis they found apples helped reduce the potential damage of high fat foods.
Flavonoids found in apples are a natural antioxidant and are thought to reduce the rate of oxidation of LDL cholesterol, inhibiting the build-up of dangerous plaque in blood vessels.
The phytonutrient D-glucaric acid was found to reduce the damaging form of blood cholesterol in an animal study of 11 common fruits and 18 types of vegetables according to a 1996 study in Nutrition Research. The phytonutrient content of apples was found to be second only to grapefruit among fruits, and comparable or higher than that of the most glucaric acid-rich vegetables like alfalfa sprouts and broccoli.
Research done in France showed that the body’s ability to use vitamin C from oranges is enhanced when they are eaten with apples.
Conclusion: Eat at least two apples per day and never wipe the smile away!