Remember the old saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Recent research is finding that an apple a day could actually reduce your need for dental services. There are other benefits as well. Let’s take a look at what eating one apple a day can do for you.
Better Dental Health = Less Need for Dental Services?
Apples contain phytochemicals called polyphenols. One type of polyphenols is called tannins. It is believed that tannins possess anti-sticky properties that keep bacteria from clumping together or sticking to your teeth. This may keep the bacteria from interacting with your teeth to form plaque, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Apples and Heart Disease
If apples just helped you avoid tooth decay, they would be a great addition to your diet. But there are even more benefits to apples. Some of the polyphenols can decrease the risk of getting heart disease. In addition, apples contain a soluble fibre called pectin that can help lower your cholesterol levels. Since a high cholesterol level can cause heart disease, lowering cholesterol can help lower your risk.
Appetite and Obesity
The soluble fibre pectin can also help decrease your appetite by making you feel more full. Fibre keeps an apple in your stomach longer after you eat it. A study found that eating one apple before lunch can reduce kilojoule consumption by 15%. Over a year, this can add up to as much as 20 pounds.
Adding it All Together
When you look at all of these benefits, it is well worth it to try and add an apple a day to your diet. At the very least, you are getting a great tasting, healthy fruit in your diet every day. Who knows: you could be happier, healthier, weigh less and have a better smile with less dental work.
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