Does an Apple a day REALLY keep the doctor away????
According to the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Australia, it may be true!!
The CSIRO reviewed the abstracts of about a 122 reviews published on apples and found that the saying does hold some weight. Scientific evidence does actually show that regularly eating apples can help:
- Keep your heart healthy: by helping to lower total and LDL cholesterol. New research from the University of Western Australia show that eating apples may improve blood pressure and elasticity of blood vessels.
- Maintain a healthier gut bacteria: by bringing positive changes to gut bacteria
- Assist in weight loss: by helping you feel fuller for longer. Studies have shown that both adults and children who eat apples regularly are more likely to have a lower BMI which could be attributed due to the pectin (fibre) and polyphenols present in apples.
Apples are known to be subject to a host of pesticides and since most of the nutrition is in the skin, the best thing to do is either buy organic apples or do the next best thing – soak the apples in a baking soda solution for 12 to 15 minutes and then scrub it well.