Vigilints Heart Afternoon Activity - Teaching Kids about Nutrition - Apples

Why are apples are so healthy for us?

Why are apples so healthy for us?

Apples! We all have heard the saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  However, do we believe this to be true or is it an old wife’s tale? Let's explore.

Afternoons are a great time to have productive conversations with our kids.  Teaching them to develop strategic and discerning eating habits starts from the day they were born.  Most kids are born with a healthy sense of curiosity and we want to foster this curiosity. When kids know the reason why we ask them to eat certain foods and to abstain from eating other foods, they are more likely to embrace our recommendations.

So how “about them apples”?   Well, it is true.  It may not be true for all illnesses, but certainly apples help to keep the doctor away from obesity related illnesses – unless you load up on refined sugars and trans fats and saturated fats in high quantities – in addition to eating the apple.

Recent research shows that the pectin in apples is very healthy for us. It interacts with our all-important microbiome. Recent studies have confirmed that obesity and related metabolic disorders are attributable to a combination of genetics, unhealthy diet and lifestyle.  New studies are confirming more and more that eating apples is very healthy and assists us in reducing the potential risk for getting heart disease, cancer, or obesity and all the related problems.

”Epidemiological and dietary intervention studies suggest that frequent apple consumption is associated with a reduced risk of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer. A potential prebiotic impact of apple ingestion may be an important mechanism of CVD (Cardio Vascular Disease) risk marker reduction.”(1)

The way this work is that when apples are digested they regulate the microbioata in the intestines that send directive signals to the liver about our health.  The fibers and phenols in the apple feed and nurture the right microbiome and reduce the unhealthy ones. The dietary polyphenols and fiber regulate healthy permeability for improved nutrition absorption and a better defense against inflammatory agents. They also regulate fat absorption, and the metabolism for cholesterol, bile acid, and glucose.

No wonder people throughout the ages have noticed that those who eat apples regularly are healthier than those people who don’t.  Get your child to adopt this healthy eating habit.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

(1) Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition and Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR), Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, UK led by Athanasios Koutsos, Julie A Lovegrove and Kieran M. Tuohy at the Nutrition and Nutrigenomics Group, Department of Food Quality and Nutrition, Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele all’Adige, Trento 38010, Italy