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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” as the clique goes, but is there any truth to it?
While no fruit or anything else can guarantee perfect health and wellness, an apple is a great addition to your diet for many reasons. For instance, the basic apple is an excellent source of dietary fiber with about 3 grams per piece of fruit. This is 10% of your daily recommended intake. Since an apple contain both soluble and insoluble fiber it will lower your LDL cholesterol (the bad sort) and help you stay regular.
The pectin found in apples also helps remove toxins: heavy metals, lead and mercury from your system. An apple is also low in calories and fills you up making you feel fuller while getting less fat. In one recent study it was discovered that eating an apple 15 minutes prior to midday made people eat 187 calories less at lunch than participants who went apple-less. In addition apples area also great for your teeth and gums and to top it all off – of course they taste great too!