‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ We’ve all heard this cliché, but like most clichés it is absolutely true! And if one apple is good for you, two should be better. And here we find out why.
With World Heart Day just over a month away, we look at how eating two apples in a day can cut down the risk of heart diseases in women.
In women who are at risk of having a heart attack, apples have been found to significantly lower the level of fat in blood. And women who prefer to snack on an apple rather than oily unhealthy food are found to have comparatively lower cholesterol levels, especially in Low Density Lipoproteins, commonly referred to as the ‘BAD CHOLESTEROL’.
Cardiac diseases are today the biggest cause of deaths in the world, causing 17.1 million deaths each year and it is heartening to know that something as simple as eating two apples in a day can cut down the risk of heart diseases in women.
Apples contain relatively less vitamin C compared to other fruits but are rich in anti-oxidant flavonoids that prevent damage to the cells and tissues of the body, and also play an important role in preventing LDL from depositing in the arteries to form plaque. Pectin, the fiber contained in apples can also help control the cholesterol levels and prevent heart diseases by blocking the cholesterol absorption in the gut, so that the body uses the waxy fluid instead of just storing it away.
And because of its bulk, eating apples keep you fuller for a longer period of time so you’re not tempted to snack on high calorie food articles.
In addition to maintaining your heart health, apples can also reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer and also forma core part of your weight-loss diet.
Now we know ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is more than just an age-old saying, it’s your shield against cardiac diseases.
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