Can an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctor Away?
We’ve all heard the old saying about apples being healthy enough to keep the doctor away, but how healthy are they really?
Apples are a tasty and enjoyable snack that many people enjoy, but they can be so much more than that. Apples have a range of nutritional properties that can help keep seniors healthy, and incorporating them into seniors’ rotation of snacks can yield positive benefits.
Health Benefits of Apples
Apples are an extremely popular fruit and with good reason. The delicious fruit packs a variety of health benefits that can help contribute an active and independent lifestyle.
• Weight Management: Apples have a high fiber content which means they can help keep you feeling fuller for longer to help prevent overeating. Apples can also be helpful for maintaining a healthy gut, contributing to effective weight management and more comfortable and regular digestion. Studies show that people who consume apples prior to meals eat fewer calories at mealtime. Apples also contain natural compounds that can help promote weight loss. Maintaining a healthy body weight is crucial for seniors to aid in the prevention of other potential health problems.
• Heart Health: Apples have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. They can help maintain healthier cholesterol levels in the body. Apples contain soluble fiber which contributes to lower blood cholesterol levels. They also contain flavonoids which have oxidative properties to help reduce inflammation as well as LDL “bad” cholesterol levels in the body. Regular consumption of apples is not only good for the heart but can also help reduce the risk of stroke.
• Brain Health: Fruits, vegetables, and other plant foods have been shown to be beneficial for promoting brain health and cognitive function. For this reason, Apples can play a part in keeping the brain healthy and sharp. Studies have shown that the antioxidant properties of apple juice can help inhibit tissue damage in the brain and minimize cognitive decline. This aids in protecting against memory loss and the potential onset of dementia.
• Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk: A high percentage of seniors are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. An inactive lifestyle combined with a poor diet is a dangerous combination. Regularly eating fruit can help stabilize blood sugar and provide seniors with essential vitamins and minerals. Multiple studies have indicated that including apples in a regular diet can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 23%.
• Lower Cancer Risk: Cancer is currently the leading cause of death in Canada, and it is reported that about 2 in 5 people are likely to be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. The polyphenol compounds present in apples combine with microbes in the gut to help create a more balanced environment in the body to reduce the risk of cancer as well as range of other health conditions.
Eat More Apples!
Apples are an extremely powerful and beneficial fruit to boost senior health in numerous ways. Eating raw fruit, skin and all, is the best way to ensure you are getting all the healthy nutrients. Apples can also be included in baking, salads, and a variety of other dishes to keep things interesting and enjoyable.
With Promyse Home Care service our PSW can offer meal planning and preparing meals and create a grocery shopping list to include healthy apples!!
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