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Apple = A+ for Health

Health Notes from Dr. Liz

October 3, 2013

This crisp fall fruit scores high with health–boosting nutrition. Eat an apple a day for:

Weight control

Apples are rich in a type of fiber called pectin, which studies show may help calm your appetite. One study showed eating an apple at breakfast resulted in subjects consuming fewer calories at lunch. And with only 70 calories in a medium apple, they easily fit into any weight loss plan.

Heart health

Pectin along with other phytonutrients in apples help lower circulating cholesterol levels. A research study from the Netherlands showed an apple a day cut death from heart disease by 50%.

Quercetin

A type of phytonutrient in apples called quercetin may improve immune health and slow the aging process. Besides onions, apples are a major source of this special compound that is best obtained from whole food rather than from taking a quercetin supplement.

Dr. Liz Applegate Ph.D.

Director of Sports Nutrition, UC Davis

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