Do you know about the benefits of apples? At the third conference on nutrition and health, we saw that, depending on how we eat apples, they can help us with cases of diarrhoea and constipation. And that’s not all. Because apples are one of the best fruits for our health due to the amount of beneficial properties they contain. Surely you have heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”?
- Apple are highly rich in pectin, a type of soluble fibre that is not absorbed in the intestine and, owing to its mechanism of action, helps us regulate intestinal transit (as we discussed in the video, grated and oxidized apples help us to combat diarrhoea and when eaten whole help us with constipation). They also help regulate blood glucose and total cholesterol
In addition, they are very filling (very interesting for weight loss diets. Although they may say at the clinic that it is a very “boring” fruit, I think there are many varieties of apples that can make us change our mind).
*By the way, pectin is the substance that gives a thicker consistency to marmalades and jams.
- They are also rich in tannins, with an anti-inflammatory and astringent action, and in flavonoids such as quercetin (also present in onions), with anti-oxidant action, which helps us fight free radicals and therefore protect us from degenerative diseases (all this within the framework of healthy life, since as I tend to say, it’s no good if we eat eight apples but then smoke two packs a day and think that apples will still protect us), allergies, etc.
- With regard to vitamins, they also have traces of group B vitamins and vitamin C.
- They also provide minerals such as potassium.
- In addition, when we bite an apple, it acts as a natural toothpaste.
- Furthermore, the apple is an extremely versatile fruit in the kitchen: for salads, as a garnish (apple sauce, grilled or roasted), in cakes, compote… You can prepare some sardines with cold garlic and almond soup and apple confit, a salmon tartar, pickled anchovies with apple and nut salad, some pasta shells stuffed with sardines, an tuna, apple and cheese on toast, an apple, tomato and tuna salad,a three-course salad… And lots more!
Dr. Arantza López-Ocaña