There’s often more than a grain of truth in “old wives tales”, and recent research is showing that apples can help to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, allergies, and inflammation. The skin of the apple is actually more beneficial than the flesh, and it is important to buy organic apples so that you can eat the skin free of pesticides. The important nutrient in the skin is quercetin, which is known as a flavonoid and is a powerful anti-oxidant. It also has remarkable anti-tumour properties and can help stop inflammation, too.
But there is more to apples than just quercetin. The insoluble fibre found in apples is helpful for constipation and the soluble fibre helps to lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Apples also contain pectin, one of the soluble fibres, which is known to reduce the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. ‘Natural News for Women’
Ed’s Note: As a snack, most days I will cut an apple into slices, put it on a nice plate and eat that to fill me up. The slices seem to be more filling than biting into a whole apple somehow – don’t ask me why!