Hidden Benefits for Apple Eaters

There may be more reasons than simply vitamin C to eat an apple a day.

Scientists have examined the cancer-fighting potential of various chemicals found in the flesh and skin of the fruit. And they have found that together, these chemicals have an effect which far outweighs that of taking only vitamin C.

Numerous studies over the past quarter century have shown that a diet rich in apples can help lower blood cholesterol.  Pectin, a soluble fiber found in apples at a rate of 078 grams per 100 grams of edible fruit, is thought to play a significant role in that relationship.  Other fruits and vegetables also contain pectin, but apples are a handy and excellent means toward cholesterol reduction.

Anti-oxidants are thought to possibly protect from cancer by "mopping up" molecules responsible for cell damage, which can trigger the disease.

The researchers, from Cornell University in New York, found that eating just 100g of apple gave an antioxidant effect equivalent to taking some 1,500mg of vitamin C.

Apples are a rich source of fibre (for example pectin, hemicellulose and cellulose), natural fruit sugars, vitamin C and essential minerals.

Apples contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium so therefore are a great healthy snack!