Ever heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Turns out it’s true! Studies have shown that apple consumption has led to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.️ One of the most important mechanisms is the positive impact of apples on the gut microbiome.
Apples have an array of polyphenols and fiber which have positive effects on intestinal health. Improving gut health has an important impact on reducing the risk for cardiovascular diseases including improving high blood pressure. Fiber plays a large role in these health benefits as well as it protects against type 2 diabetes and obesity.
A study showed that 2 apples per day for 2 weeks increased bifidobacteria in the gut and reduced pathogenic, or bad, bacteria. Apples are known as prebiotics which create a healthy environment for probiotics to grow and flourish. Pectin, which is soluble fiber, when fermented in the gut, creates short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which help to protect against IBS and other intestinal issues as well.
Apples' antioxidant content and low glycemic index, not spiking blood sugar, makes them a powerful and heart healthy food!
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