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Upping the Apple Ante: Experts Say Eat Two a Day of This Superfood


The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is on the chopping block. Instead of one apple a day, experts are now recommending two.

Coined a “miracle fruit,” the unassuming apple stunned a team of researchers at the Florida State University. They found that eating two apples a day for six months can reduce artery-blocking LDL by 23 percent. According to Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph. D., director for the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at Florida State University, “I buy a bag a week and try to eat two per day. I am convinced this is what I should do if I want to remain healthy.”

According to the U.S. Apple Association (USApple), mounting research suggests that powerful antioxidants in apples and apple products may play an essential role in reducing the risk of many of the world’s most prevalent diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Published scientific research tells us that apples and apple products are a great way to add a dose of disease prevention to your daily diet,” says Nancy Foster, USApple’s president and CEO.  To encourage consumers to eat even more apples, USApple offers recipes on their website, ”Delicious Duos,” teaming apples and apple products with other powerhouse ingredients that help support specific health and nutrition goals. “Apples are healthy and delicious on their own, but when paired with other superfoods, you just might double the enjoyment,” Foster says. 

New Research: Apples May Lower Risk of Diabetes
Already known for being a healthy snack, apples have now been linked to lower risk in developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new research study. The long‐term study, recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that participants who ate 5 or more apples per week had a 23% lower risk of developing the disease. Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the research study monitored the eating habits of around 200,000 adults for as long as 24 years and was created to determine whether flavonoids, a kind of antioxidant, had any effect on the incidence of diabetes. While no significant associations were found for total flavonoid intake, the study concluded that higher consumption of anthocyanins (a subclass of flavonoid found in apples and some other fruits) was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

“Consumption of anthocyanins and anthocyanin rich foods (like apples) was inversely associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes,” said An Pan, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health who worked on the study.

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 26 million Americans have the disease. It is caused by a defect in the body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that converts glucose in the blood into energy.

“This research further advances our belief in apples as a nutritious, healthy and everyday food,” noted Nancy Foster, president and CEO of the U.S. Apple Association. “Apples and apple products have been associated with helping to improve outcomes related to everything from weight loss to different types of cancer, heart disease and even asthma. Adding type 2 diabetes to this list is something America’s apple growers take great pride in.”

For even more healthful reasons to eat apples daily, USApple has developed “The Delicious Dozen” – 12 ways apples and apple products can positively impact your health. To learn more, visit www.USApple.org.

As seen in Burlington County Woman and Camden County Woman

 

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