Great for your skin, this fruit has age-defying properties that can iron out those wrinkles and treat dark spots. But, did you know that apples work as the perfect in-between meals snack for a weight watcher? The next time you’re about to reach for those crisps, remember that the bite of an apple will give you the ‘solid foods’ relief that you’re craving, and if it’s too sweet for your mood, just sprinkle some black salt or spice mix to add some zing.
Now let’s break down that apple for you:
Nutritional Value: It has a low glycemic index, with just about 50-some calories in an apple (depending on the size). Make note that apples are a good source of vitamins C, A, K, and certain B vitamins too. They are also rich in potassium, phosphorous and magnesium.
Weight Loss Benefits: Ideal to include in the diets of those suffering from heart problems, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea, this fruit can also serve as a great weigh-loss tool.
Apples work as an appetite suppressant as they are rich in water and fiber, which means they take up more space in the stomach, aid with digestion, and keep you feeling full for longer. The fibers also bind the fat in the intestines, which helps keep your cholesterol levels in check.
Be sure to eat apples with the peel, as it has ursolic acid which helps convert damaging white fat to healthy brown fat. Also, do yourself a favor and take a bite straight up, instead of slicing the apple and eating it from a platter. This means a greater calorie burn and more nutrition, so have at it!
PS: From desserts and caramel apple smoothies, to the apple fennel salad, and of course the much-loved apple pie, there are several ways you can include this fruit in your dishes and diet.
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