The Health Benefits of Apples

by Jason 6/25/2013 8:00 AM

An apple a day keeps diseases at bay. This old saying might sound a bit cliché, but when it comes to your dental health, it sure is true. And scientifically proven, to boot.

The sugars in the foods you eat are converted to acids by the bacteria in your mouth. These acids start an instant attack on the enamel of your teeth leading to gum diseases and tooth decay. Each time you eat foods with sugar your teeth get exposed to the decay cycle. 

Dental Benefits of Apples and Other Foods

The good old apple along with other firm and crunchy fruits like pears and vegetables like green beans, celery and carrots are very good for maintaining oral hygiene. These foods have a high content of water that dilutes the sugars in them. The biting and the crunching stimulate the flow of saliva that washes away the food particles and prevents plaque buildup on the teeth. In fact, you can eat these fruits and vegetables as a snack any time.

That is not the case with all fruits though. When you eat fruits that are rich in acids, like tomatoes, lemons and other citruses, you need to eat them along with a larger meal in order to minimize the effects of the acid they contain.

Other health benefits of apples

  • Reduces cholesterol
    Apples have more fiber than cereals, and they pack plenty of pectin. Both fiber and pectin help to reduce cholesterol and prevent heart diseases.
  • Controls high blood pressure
    Apples are a rich source of potassium which helps control the sodium levels in the blood. Eating apples on a daily basis helps reduce blood pressure and prevent strokes.
  • May prevent Alzheimer’s disease
    Apples have antioxidants that prevent degeneration of brain cells. This helps stave off Alzheimer’s disease.
  • May prevent cancer
    The fiber in an apple ferments in the colon and helps to fight cancer cells from forming.
  • Reduces asthma risk
    The antioxidants and vitamins help to reduce asthma symptoms in kids. The flavonoid and phytochemicals help to ease inflamed airways.
  • Prevents aging
    Since the antioxidants in apples slow down the overall oxidation process, this prevents aging of the skin.

Need more reasons to include apples in your diet? We didn’t think so.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/diet-oral-health

http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/3-surprising-ways-to-keep-your-teeth-healthy

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/story/health/story/2011-11-21/Watch-what-you-eat-after-teeth-whitening-expert-says/51329414/1

http://www.readersdigest.ca/food/diet-nutrition/7-health-benefits-apples?id=6

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