Here are some of the benefits of apples, for National Apple Day which is the 21st October.
I just love apples, from a piece of fruit as a snack to crumbles, or delicious baked apples with raisins, and cinnamon.
They are a handy, portable each snack, and great for our health.
The benefits of eating apples
Apples are a good source of fibre (about 4g per apple), and most of this fibre is in the skin, so try not to peel them.
The fibre in apples is a pre-biotic – which means it provides fuel for the gut bacteria. When the beneficial bacteria metabolise the fibre they create Short Chain Fatty Acids, which are like fuel for the large intestine cells. This helps to create a healthy colon.
Stewed apple is a good food for after an upset tummy, or an IBS flare up as it’s well tolerated and soothing. The pectin in the apples will help the gut lining recover.
Apples for your immune system
They are also rich in quercetin a powerful antioxidant, which helps to support our immune system. Quercetin is also found in red onions, grapes and green tea.
Some studies have found that allergies and asthma are improved by increasing quercetin in the diet.
So the old saying ‘an apple a day keeping the doctor away’ was probably right!
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