An apple a day can keep the doctor away from you forever? Nothing is more true when you take the trouble to detail all the benefits of this superfruit. Delicious cooked or raw, make apples the ally of your health.
Considered one of the 10 best foods in the world, regularly studied by researchers, the apple continues to expand the list of its benefits.
It is recognized as effective for:
Give Energy: Exceptionally plentiful in nutrients, particularly C, A, and B yet additionally loaded with minerals and minor components (calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, selenium, zinc …), the apple is both energetic and a cell protector. It also provides good hydration (it contains nearly 90% water), also essential for the proper functioning of the body.
Regulate Transit, Help Digestion: Rich in insoluble and soluble fibers (on average 2g / 100g), the apple is the ally of good intestinal functioning. The first helps fight constipation, the second against diarrhea. An ideal equilibrium in this manner, in addition, invigorates the resistant elements of the great microbes of the colon.
Fight cholesterol, diabetes, and overweight: The particularity of the apple is its high content of pectin, a non-aggressive soluble fiber that forms a viscous gel thus absorbing part of the fats to dispose of them and in this way moderate their absorption. By easing back the retention of carbs, these equivalent strands likewise help to slow the ascent in glucose. In the end, less cholesterol, less diabetes, and less weight … especially since these fibers, quickly bringing you to satiety, have a remarkable appetite suppressant effect for only 50kcal / 100g. Overall, Apple is a serious protector of cardiovascular disease.
Prevent certain cancers: The apple is a real concentrate of antioxidants (vitamins, polyphenols, flavonoids including quercetin) whose compounds, associated with each other, can reduce the risk of cancer, especially of the liver and colon.
Fight against aging: Its richness in antioxidants and especially in polyphenols also makes it an anti-aging treatment of choice by fighting against free radicals which accelerate cellular aging, including skin aging.
Protect teeth: Chewing an apple involves chewing. This stimulates the production of saliva which is naturally lacking as it ages and is the bedrock of cavities so frequent in seniors. Biting additionally offers a gainful back rub to the gums, securing against periodontal infection.
To benefit from the multiple virtues of the apple, it is better to prefer it organic, of very intense color, to juggle with the varieties, and to taste it:
Raw or Cooked: It is in its raw version that the apple is full of benefits. But it is also excellent when cooked for 20 to 40 minutes and consumed without additions. And associated with animal fats (the famous apple pudding!), It has the power to counteract the harmful effects.
With the Skin: This is where the good nutrients of the apple are concentrated. Ideally to be enjoyed without peeling it (but well washed). Or use the peelings (always well washed) to make crisps (sprinkled with cinnamon and baked) or even, after allowing them to dry, an infusion (250g of peels infused for 10min in 1/2 L of simmering water ).
In Compote or Juice: The glycemic index of fruit is always lower when it is consumed fresh and whole. But, as long as it is without added sugars, applesauce makes a great dessert. Also, apple juice, somewhat more caloric than squeezed orange (70Kcal and 17.3g of sugars/15cl against 63 and 15.7), is considerably less than grape juice (102Kcal, 25, 5g of sugars)!
In Vinegar: At the rate of one to three tbsp. tablespoons per day, cider vinegar, obtained from the fermentation of apples, is advocated by Dr. Jarvis, an American doctor, to fight against problems of digestion, cholesterol, weight. Use in salads or as a gargle (1 teaspoon with lemon and honey) against sore throats and even as a soothing lotion after mosquito bites or sunburns.