Saleem Akhtar August 29, 2011 3

Report By: Hafiz Muhammad Saleem Akhtar

 Bone Protection

French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.

Asthma Help

One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.

Lower Cholesterol

The pectin in apples lowers Low Density Lipoprotein (“bad”) cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.

Lung Cancer Prevention

According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples.

Breast Cancer Prevention

A Cornell University study found that rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent.

 Liver Cancer Prevention

Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.

Diabetes Management

The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.

Weight Loss

A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.

Nutritional Value & Other Benefits

The health benefits of apples are:

  1. Fiber-rich which gently encourage regularity, improve the ability of the intestinal muscles to move waste through and help lower cholesterol levels.
  2. Apples regulate blood sugar against hypoglycemia and diabetes.
  3. They keep blood glucose levels up to help you feel full longer during a weight loss diet.
  4. Apples reduce your risk of colds and flu.

Nutritionally apples are rich in pectin fiber which binds to and help eliminates gut toxins, keeping the GI tract healthy and smooth.

Green apples have more pectin; pectin is a stimulant like caffeine. Apples are a good source of vitamin A carotenes for antioxidant activity, the flavonoid quercitin plus vitamin C.

Basic Chemistry of an Apple

The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. Apples are a quintessential food for health.

They are low in fat, low in calorie and an enzyme rich energy food which helps break down and digest other foods.

Nutrients: Content per 100 g
Energy 229 kJ (54 kcal) Vitamins Tyr 5 mg
Water 85.3 g Carotene 45 µg Val 12 mg
Protein 0.3 g Vitamin E 490 µg
Lipids 0.4 g Vitamin K 0-5 µg Carbohydrates
Carbohydrate 11.8 g Vitamin B1 35 µg Glucose 2210 mg
Organic acids 0.6 g Vitamin B2 30 µg Fructose 6040 mg
Fiber 2.3 g Nicotinamide 300 µg Sucrose 2470 mg
Minerals 0.3 g Pantothenic acid 100 µg Starch 600 mg
Vitamin B6 45 µg Sorbit 510 mg
Minerals Biotin 1-8 µg
Sodium 3 mg Folic acid 7 µg Lipids
Potassium 145 mg Vitamin C 12 mg Palmitic acid 50 mg
Magnesium 6 mg Stearic acid 10 mg
Calcium 7 mg Amino Acids Oleic acid 20 mg
Manganese 65 µg Arg 8 mg Linolic acid 100 mg
Iron 480 µg His 6 mg Linoleic acid 20 mg
Copper 100 µg Ile 10 mg
Zinc 120 µg Leu 16 mg Other
Phosphorus 12 mg Lys 15 mg Malic acid 550 mg
Chloride 2 mg Met 3 mg Citric acid 16 mg
Fluoride 7 µg Phe 9 mg Oxalic acid 500 µg
Iodine 2 µg Thr 8 mg Salicylic acid 310 µg
Selenium 1-6 µg Trp 2 mg Purines 3 mg




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