Apples Keep Your Family Healthy
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Apples are Really Good For You!
Eating fresh apples is always good for you, but to get the full nutritional benefits associated with eating apples you should eat at least one fresh apple every day. The average U.S. consumer eats about 19 pounds of fresh apples a year - about one apple per week. Ongoing consumer attitude tracking in nine major markets across the United States has shown that Washington apples remain number one as far as consumers are concerned. According to a one report, 56 percent of those surveyed named Washington as the brand they look for when buying apples.
Apples Work Magic on Bad Cholesterol
(April 11, 2012 - The Chicago Herald) It raises good cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol and contributes to weight loss. So what is this miracle substance? An apple.
"I consider apples a magic food," said Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D., director for the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at Florida State University. "Apples are not my favorite food, but I buy a bag a week and try to eat two per day. I am convinced this is what I should do if I want to remain healthy." Learn more...
Apples: The Next Superfruit
(March 31, 2010 - US Apple Association) A new national survey of 1,021 chief household shoppers across the nation conducted for the US Apple Association by SupermarketGuru.com, shows people think of apples as the next superfruit. It is an accessible, value-priced, nutritional energy source on par with blueberries and pomegranates. Learn more...
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
(February 17, 2010 - US Apple Association) Heart disease, including stroke, is the nation's number one killer. Studies have shown that apples and apple products (like sauce and juice) can help lower your risk of developing heart disease and may also help decrease your waist size and possibly even your blood pressure. Learn more...
Colon Cancer Prevention
There's more good news when it comes to eating healthy apples and apple products! New research suggests that both apple pectin and apple juice extracts may enhance the body's ability to protect from colon cancer. German researchers found that components of apples and apple juice react in the colon and help to slow the growth of precancerous and tumor cells. The study is published in the scientific journal, Nutrition (April 2008). Learn more...
Over the past several years, apple consumption has been linked with reduced cancer risk in many studies. A 2001 Mayo Clinic study indicated that quercetin, a flavonoid abundant in apples, helps prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells. A Cornell University study indicated phytochemicals in the skin of an apple inhibited the reproduction of colon cancer cells by 43 percent. The National Cancer Institute has reported that foods containing flavonoids like those found in apples may reduce the risk of lung cancer by as much as 50 percent.
- Carcinogenesis (March, 2001)
- Nature (June, 2000)
- Journal of the National Cancer Institute (January, 2000)
Two recent British studies indicated that eating apples can improve lung health. A study of Welsh men indicated that people who ate at least five apples per week experience better lung function. Researchers at the University of Nottingham reported that those who ate five apples per week also had a lower risk for respiratory disease. In the Netherlands at the University of Groningen, apples were singled out as a fruit that could cut smokers' risk of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in half. Scientists believe antioxidants found in apples may ward off disease by countering oxygen's damaging effects on the body.
- American Thoracic Society Meeting (May, 2001)
-Thorax (January, 2000)
Apples are a delicious source of dietary fiber, and dietary fiber helps aid digestion and promotes weight loss. A medium apple contains about five grams of fiber, more than most cereals. Also, apples contain almost zero fat and cholesterol, so they are a delicious snack and dessert food that's good for you.
UC-Davis: Apples are Heart Healthy
Researchers at the University of California-Davis recently reported that apples and apple juice may help protect arteries from harmful plaque build-up. In the first study conducted in humans, adults who added two apples, or 12 ounces of 100% apple juice, to their daily diet demonstrated a significant slowing of the cholesterol oxidation process that leads to plaque build-up - thereby giving the body more time to rid itself of cholesterol before it can cause harm.
Apple Consumption Linked to Improved Brain Health
(January 13, 2010 - US Apple Association) A growing body of evidence suggests that eating apples and apple products can be beneficial when it comes to improving brain health and diminishing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Learn more...
US: Study Links Apples to Reduced Risk of Heart Disease in Women
American Heart Association new recommendations support increased fruit, vegetable consumption
Apples may prove to be a winner when it comes to reducing the risk of heart disease, says a new study of more than 34,000 women. In this study, flavonoid-rich apples were found to be one of three foods (along with red wine and pears) that decrease the risk of mortality for both coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) among post-menopausal women, The findings were published in the March 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Learn more...
For more studies about the healthy benefits of eating apples, visit the US Apple Association.