The following is an excerpt from an article that was originally published in Issue 1 of inCiderJapan magazine.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s a quote my grandmother often told me when I was small. But is it true? What are the real health benefits of apples and how can we reap them? The answer is: daily apple consumption alone won’t spare you from having to visit your physician, but they do have a number of health benefits.
As a professional nutritionist and personal trainer, for my professional clients, an apple in combination with a protein shake is a perfect breakfast in context of a weight loss diet: low in calories, yet filling and nutritious. Compared with other fruits like bananas or oranges, apples tend to be more satisfying per gram. Apples are lower in most vitamins, but still contain a decent amount of vitamin C and substantial dietary fiber. The high soluble fiber in apples helps reduce cholesterol and slows down digestion for a healthy bowel movement, as the high insoluble fiber from the skin enhances the transit time.
According to medical research, a key health benefit of apples includes their use in apple cider vinegar, a product that has been prescribed as far back in 400 B.C., by Hippocrates – the father of modern medicine – and is currently all the rage around the world. But unlike so many products that are merely hype, apple cider vinegar has been scientifically proven to provide better insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control through a slowdown in gastric emptying…