Bobbing for Apples: The Health Benefits of the Fruit
By Brandi Swieter
Bobbing for apples is a popular fall/Halloween game that people enjoy year after year. Many simply enjoy the activity without stopping to think of just how good apples are for them. Even just a few bites of the sweet or sour, red or green fruits can provide some benefit. Apples offer many health benefits that make them worth the fall treat.
Apples Lower Levels of LDL
LDL, or the bad cholesterol found in the body, gets lowered by apple consumption. People who eat one every day are more likely to have lowered levels of this type. They are also likely to have a slightly higher amount of HDL, or the good cholesterol.
Apples Help With Weight Loss
Anyone hoping to lose weight can start by adding apples to their diet. Apples improve the good bacteria in the gut. The Granny Smith variety has been found to be one of the most beneficial in this case, making them an ideal choice for a daily snack. With the gut working as it should, fat can be burned as it should and the body can work as intended to maintain weight.
Apples Offer Fiber
When looking to improve digestion, fiber is a necessary component. Apples contain at least a few grams of fiber, depending on how much is consumed. A cup of chopped apples provides 3 grams. A medium-sized apple contains more than 4 grams.
Apples Contain Vitamins
Vitamins are necessary for preventing illness, maintaining overall health, and ensuring all bodily systems function efficiently. Apples contain several types of vitamins, including C and B complex. Vitamin C works as an antioxidant to fight off infection. Eating apples is said to keep the doctor away because they have the nutrients needed to maintain wellness.
Apples Improve the Mind
Studies have shown that eating a diet rich in apples, and even drinking apple juice, has a positive impact on the mind. A higher level of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, is found in those who consume apples often. This can even help to fight symptoms of Alzheimer's.
Apple picking, bobbing for apples, and enjoying caramel apples are just a few favorite activities of many during the fall season. With many health benefits available, it’s no wonder so many people have joined in on these trends. Consume all the apples you want during the fall and any other time of year for a delicious treat that will keep the doctor away.
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