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Another Reason to Love Apples: Calorie Intake Decrease

We all know the old adage – An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. Well, I thought the saying was celebrating the fruit's fiber since apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. However, the reasons to love apples just keep growing, and we may also love them because they can help keep our waist lines from growing.

A new study indicates that eating an apple 15 minutes prior to eating a meal can decrease your overall caloric consumption, by 190 fewer calories. That amount is nothing to scoff at. These latest results add to similar findings about the benefits of starting meals with low calorie, filling foods.


Here are some apple stats for you to chew on:

  • 70 - 80 calories
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • No fat or cholesterol
  • About 10% of daily vitamin C needs

So we might just need to alter the saying to – An apple a day keeps the calories at bay.

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
i did an apple diet before.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I always have apples! They are the perfect snack- filling and refreshing. I have to slice them though because I hate eating them whole. I seriously have 3lbs of apples in my fridge right now
redhot redhot 8 years
apple a day keeps the doctor away
missmaddie missmaddie 8 years
Eating apples on an empty stomach makes me feel sick. Might be all that fiber.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I LOVE apples! I eat probably 2 a day. Right now they're in season and they're UBER cheap, so I've been eating a lot of really good local apples lately. Gotta love those Cortlands! They're the perfect "eating apple"...they are tart and firm and not too sweet.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 8 years
Mmm, I love apples. I have one every day after school!
kungfubunni kungfubunni 8 years
my husband hates apples! so he never buys them. He does most of the grocery shopping, but when I go I always buy a bunch and take them to work and eat them before I work out. They give me a lot of energy and I don't feel weighed down.
suzanne suzanne 8 years
I'm just not fond of crunching into an uncooked apple. Hey, Fit :WAVE: Would a few scoops of cooked, unsweetened apples do the same thing?
disa disa 8 years
wow! I usually eat apples after dinner! guess will have to reverse that!
disa disa 8 years
wow! I usually eat apples after dinner! guess will have to reverse that!
sammyli sammyli 8 years
bah. too bad I'm allergic to them!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
apples make me MORE hungry......why???
syako syako 8 years
I totally believe this. The other day it was about 15 minutes till my lunch break and I was pretty hungry so I took out a satsuma (louisiana's equivalent to a tangerine I guess) and ate it. Well when it was time for lunch I ate a decent size meal, but definitely didn't gorge like I would have if it wasn't for the fruit before lunch.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love apples, one of my favorite fruits. It also doesn't hurt that it's a negative calorie food!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Nice! Apples are the bomb!
BrooklynSugar BrooklynSugar 8 years
Love apples! Ever since I moved to New York, apples have become one of my favorite fruits. I get them at the farmer's market - so many types, so fresh & juicy. Sometimes I put almond butter on apples slices for a little snack. Mmmm...
moonischasingme1 moonischasingme1 8 years
I think apples are my least favorite fruit. I always feel obligated to buy one, but then it never gets eaten because there are so much tastier fruits out there.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i love apples! i can eat up to 5 a day hahahha (when available) :P
yes-jess yes-jess 8 years
I think I need to buy me some apples! I keep forgetting every time I go to the grocery store...I always go for the lettuce and then I'm always left starving 30 minutes later :/
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