Are you someone who doesn't eat apples b/c of "sugar?"
Eating an apple every day really is good for your health. In a study of 160 women who ate either dried apples or prunes daily for one year, the women who ate apples saw their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol – the “bad” kind known as LDL – drop by 23% after six months. At the same time, their “good” high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or HDL, rose about 4% over the course of the study.
- Though the apple slices added 240 calories to their daily diet, these women wound up losing weight – 3.3 pounds, on average.
- Researchers from Florida State University decided to put apples to the test because the fruit contains pectin, which improves the body’s ability to metabolize fat, and polyphenols, which dial back production of inflammatory molecules.
- The idea that eating an apple a day could keep the doctor away can be traced to Pembrokeshire in southwest Wales. Nearly 150 years ago, a Welsh magazine called Notes and Queries published a longer version of the famous rhyme: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”