An apple offers many health benefits such as:

  • Reduces blood cholesterol

  • Controls weight gain

  • Improves bowel function

  • Helps prevent urinary tract infections

  • Strengthens lung function

  • Strengthens bones

  • Helps prevent periodontal or gum disease

  • Reduces risk of cancer, prostate cancer, Type II Diabetes, and asthma

TIP: To keep crisp, wrap fruit in a plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator. Apples kept at room temperature soften 10 times faster than refrigerated fruit.

Top Health Promoting Components

The top health promoting components include:

  • Pectin - A soluble fiber that helps draw cholesterol out of the system.

  • Flavonoids (Quercetin) - A powerful anti-oxidant that seems to short-circuit the process that leads "bad" LDL cholesterol to accumulate in the bloodstream.

  • Low Glycemic Index - is useful for dieters since it helps keep hunger pains at bay longer than many other fruits.

  • Boron - has been shown to strengthen bones and is a good defense against osteoporosis.

  • Tannins - may help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and urinary tract infections.


Apple Health Research. U.S. Apple Association, 2001

Heart Benefits from Apples and Juice. San Diego Earth Times, 2001

Apple Phytochemicals and their Health Benefits. Nutrition Journal, 2004

Apple Recipes

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This page was last updated on 09/15/06.