Eating Green: Apples


While an apple a day may not be the only thing you need to keep the doctor away, it can definitely help. Evidence has shown apples to correlate with reduced risk of cancer, stroke, diabetes, obesity, Parkinson’s and a host of other maladies. While it is impossible to pin down apples as the sole fighter against these diseases, there are some things that this fall fruit does help with.

Apples contain lots of fiber given their size. Fiber helps move digestion along to help with gastro-intestinal distress. Fiber also bulks up the foods that you eat to make you feel more full for longer. With a little discipline, this fact is what attributes apple consumption to a decreased risk of obesity.

When considering the claim that an apple will wake you up more than a cup of coffee in the morning, it depends on what you are looking for. The warmth and caffeine in a cup of coffee will immediately get your body going after a night of sleep that resulted in a lower body temperature and a rest for the body systems. But coffee provides no caloric energy, making the jolt an artificial one once you get moving and start burning calories.

Apples do provide calories in the form of fructose, which is a simple sugar that will be easily broken down and turned into energy. Once your body naturally warms and wakes up, an apple will benefit you more than coffee.

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