That old axiom about an apple a day keeping the doctor away? Oh yeah, your mom/grandmother/Aunt Bee…they were right. And there’s plenty of research data to back up that claim.
- A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey collected over a five-year period from 1999-2004 found that adults who eat apples and applesauce and drink apple juice have a significantly reduced risk of metabolic syndrome—defined as having three or more of the associated symptoms related to cardiovascular risk, including high blood pressure, increased waist size and elevated C-reactive protein levels. People who consumed apple products were 30% less likely to have elevated blood pressure issues than those who didn’t.
- New research suggests that apple pectin and apple juice extracts may enhance the body’s ability to protect from colon cancer. The study was published in the scientific journal, Nutrition.
- Two recent British studies indicate that eating apples can improve lung health. A study of Welsh men showed that those who eat at least five apples per week experience better lung function, and were at lower risk for respiratory disease.
- Researchers at the University of California-Davis reported that apples and apple juice may help protect arteries from harmful plaque buildup.
- A study of 34,000 women indicates that apples were one of three foods (along with red wine and pears) that decrease the risk of mortality for both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease among post-menopausal women.
Plus, apples are sweet and delicious. Especially this time of year. And there are so many wonderful ways to prepare apples. Including the recipes noted in this article.