Tomokazu Komiya

We have all heard, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." This homespun wisdom about apples is proving itself true in the laboratory.

Not only are apples low in calories and high in fiber, but nutritionists and scientists are finding that apples can prevent health problems, or at least reduce health risks that our bodies face every day. Their preventative and curative properties are capturing the spotlight in studies around the world.

Here are five reasons to eat an apple a day:

1. Your Diet - Apples are the perfect, portable snack: great tasting, energy-boosting, and free of fat.

2. Your Heart - Research confirms it! The antioxidants and phytonutrients found in apples help fight the damaging effects of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

3. Your Digestion - Just one apple provides as much dietary fiber as a serving of bran cereal. (That's about one-fifth of the recommended daily intake of fiber.)

4. Your Lungs - An apple a day strengthens lung function and can also lower the incidence of lung cancer.

5. Your Bones - Apples contain the essential trace element, boron, which has been shown to strengthen bones - a good defense against osteoporosis.

It is a good idea to eat apples with their skin. Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fiber content. Most of an apple's fragrance cells are also concentrated in the skin and as they ripen, the skin cells develop more aroma and flavor.

Always be sure to wash your apple before eating.
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