Why are apples good for you?
According to the World’s Healthiest Foods Web site, www.whfoods.com, apples have cardio-protective fiber. Apples contain both insoluble and soluble fiber. One medium (5 ounces) unpeeled apple provides over 3 grams of fiber, more than 10 percent of the daily fiber intake recommended by experts. Even without its peel, a medium apple provides 2.7 grams of fiber. Apple’s two types of fiber pack a double punch that can knock down cholesterol levels, reducing your risk of hardening of the arteries, heart attack, and stroke. Apple’s insoluble fiber works like bran, latching on to LDL cholesterol in the digestive tract and removing it from the body, while apple’s soluble fiber pectin reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol produced in the liver. Adding just one large apple (about 2/3 of a pound) to the daily diet has been shown to decrease serum cholesterol 8-11 percent. Eating 2 large apples a day has lowered cholesterol levels by up to 16 percent! Apples also contain cardio-protective flavonoi