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An Apple a Day?

We practically cut our milk teeth on the old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But have you ever wondered if there is any validity to it? Well no fruit can cure all your ills, but the apple seems to be a great piece of produce for preventive medicine.

Apples are a great source of fiber. A medium apple contains 3 grams of fiber, which is 10 percent of your daily recommended intake. Since apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, this fruit will help decrease your LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), as well as help keep you regular. Remember, that eating 30 grams of fiber can help prevent breast and ovarian cancer. The pectin found in apples also helps remove toxins, like the heavy metals lead and mercury, from your body.

An apple a day, also seems to keep the pounds at bay, at least if you eat one before lunch. A recent study found that folks who ate an apple 15 minutes prior to their midday generally ate, on average, 187 less calories less at lunch than study participants who did not eat an apple. Think of an apple as a healthful appetizer. Apples also give your teeth and gums a healthy workout; sometimes I like to enjoy one after lunch to cleanse my palate.

Apples are in season now and they are a relatively inexpensive fruit. Plus they don't lose much of the nutritional punch if they are stored for long periods of time, making them a perfect Winter fruit.

Have you eaten your apple today?


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Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Yep, had an apple with lunch. And I try to drink some apple cider vinegar in water every day.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
During apple season, definitely!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I eat apples every day...they're one of my favorite fruits.
CreateMagic CreateMagic 8 years
I love apples! I went apple picking with my cousins last weekend so now I have really fresh, huge apples. So delicious.
luiyuming luiyuming 8 years
Thanks for the tip on having one before lunch. Sounds like what I need to do to shave off calories.
melda melda 8 years
I eat two three sometimes five apples a day. I don't eat them with anything else just an apple as a snack.
lolalu lolalu 8 years
haha, I just finished one and saw this headline.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Yes! I love them, but I also usually grab a piece of cheese or scoop of pb so I'm not hungry again in 10 minutes. Also, I have to cut mine now because I chipped a tooth on one.
heyjen19 heyjen19 8 years
I love apples with peanut butter, delish treat that keeps me full for a while :-)
ashopaholic ashopaholic 8 years
I always eat an apple right after lunch...I will try eating it before
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i used to eat an apple a day since it takes a while to eat the whole thing and it's kind of filling in a sweet/tart way. i haven't had one in a bit but i guess there's SOME validity to it all.
Advah Advah 8 years
Yes, they're delicious at the moment!
WriterChick54 WriterChick54 8 years
I need to bring my core-thingy to work so I can start eating more. Otherwise they are just to messy to try and eat and type!
yasume yasume 8 years
I had one earlier today. However, I always have to include some protein with it-like peanut butter or cheese.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm eating one right now, actually.
silvergirl1 silvergirl1 8 years
I've been on an apple kick since May - I eat about 3 a day! Yummy!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I had one at lunch today! I love apples, pears too! So quick and easy!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I have one almost every day, they are perfect for grab and go.
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