1. May Help to Lower Cholesterol
Apples contain a natural fibre called pectin, and some research found that eating pectin-rich whole apples had cholesterol-lowering effects in healthy volunteers, compared to apple juice which did not. Any reduction is likely to be worth it in terms of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease such as heart attack or stroke.
2. Could Help to Prevent Obesity
Some studies have shown that pectin extracted from apples may help to regulate the gut bacteria, which in turn may help to prevent obesity and other inflammatory disorders. Also due to the high fibre and water content in apples, they are a very filling fruit, which may prevent people from over-eating.
3. Good for Gut Health
Pectin acts as a prebiotic, this means that it feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Your small intestine doesn’t absorb fibre during digestion, instead it goes to your colon where it can promote the growth of good bacteria.
4. Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes
In one study, eating an apple a day was linked to a 28% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, compared to not eating any apples. Even eating just a few apples per week had a similarly protective effect. It’s possible that the polyphenols in apples help prevent tissue damage to beta cells in your pancreas. Beta cells produce insulin in your body and are often damaged in people with type 2 diabetes.
So, an apple a day really does keep the doctor away! You can start your World Apple Day celebration by gobbling down one of any number of delicious apple varieties, or try our 100% Pure Apple Juice! The apples come to our farm in Shropshire and are pressed and bottled so we deliver to you a low carbon footprint pure apple juice in its simplest form – delicious!
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