You all know the old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and often wondered why anyone ever said it. After all, what has an apple got that is so good that it can keep you so healthy that you won’t ever need to see a doctor? Welcome back to weightlossgo.com and in this original article written for this website by the author (if a copy turns up on another website, then it has been stolen and should be reported), he looks at the role the humble apple plays in not just keeping you healthy, but also in helping you to lose weight.
From a health perspective, apples contain malic acid which has been shown in tests to help the body reduce the build up of uric acid deposits in the joints, which is a major aspect of conditions such as arthritis and gout. When apples are made into cider vinegar, this can be taken daily as a natural remedy that reduces the hard and abrasive uric acid deposits in the joints (see ref #1 below). Red skinned apples are also now known to be rich in antioxidants, which help mop up harmful free radicals in the body. They are a great energy source thanks to their high content of fructose (a sugar easily broken down into glucose by the body) and they contain low GI carbohydrates that release their sugars slowly into the bloodstream. They are also high in dietary fiber, which is essential for maintaining a healthy colon and a healthy colon is essential for a healthy metabolism.
Apples and Weight Loss
So how does eating an apple help you lose weight? Well, it goes back to what I just said about the low GI carbohydrate and dietary fiber content of the apple. When you eat an apple, it can make you feel full up quite quickly. It then takes a long time before you feel hungry again. Anyone who is on a diet will tell you one of the problems with eating a restrictive diet with small portions is that you can feel hungry soon after eating and that is when dieters break their diets and go in search of a hunger busting snack, which is more often than not a high GI carb or high sugar snack that is loaded with calories.
But the savvy dieter knows a thing or two about beating that mid afternoon hunger pang and eats an apple to stave of the hunger. The apple does contain carbohydrates (albeit low GI) and it does contain fruit sugars (fructose) and is not altogether particularly low in calories but it is an awful lot better than eating potato chips or cookies. In fact according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the number of calories in a standard, medium size apple with the skin still on is 100, along with 4g of dietary fiber, 19g of sugars and 25g of carbohydrate (see ref #2 below).
What this all adds up to is a much better way to snack, if have to snack. And even if you do not, replacing a similar diet item each day for a medium size apple will bring many health benefits while also helping you to lose weight more effectively and naturally.
1. Treating Arthritis the Drug-Free Way by Margaret Hills SRN
2. U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Calories in an Apple