We’ve all heard the “apple a day” saying, and while many people don’t eat an apple every single day, it shouldn’t be hard to get a few servings of any kind of fruit each day, right? Well, a recent nationwide survey from Humana, one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, found that only 14 percent of Americans eat 3-5 servings of fruit per day! Yikes…
It gets worse; the study states that one third of Americans do not eat fruit as part of their overall diet. Philip Painter, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Humana’s Health Guidance Organization describes this behavior as “alarming” and calls on Americans to “take those small, meaningful steps, for example, ordering water instead of soda or picking up an apple as a snack”.
Hmm, it appears the “apple a day” saying is not just a saying after all! So why is it that apples get all the love? What causes health professionals to refer to apples before other fruits? One of the main reasons is likely their high fiber content, which helps individuals maintain a healthy weight.
A recent article (cleverly titled “An Apple a Day Melts the Pounds Away!”) outlines how crowding out unhealthy foods with healthy ones is arguably the best ways to lose weight. Since fiber is largely indigestible, high fiber foods like apples fill you up more than alternatives with similar calorie levels. Fiber can also help slow down digestion, giving you a steady source of energy, rather than a spike followed by a crash.
It’s not just the fiber content that makes apples such a perfect choice, though; a 2008 study lauds apples’ nutritional content, and outlines the strong link between apple products and beneficial health effects against cardiovascular disease, asthma, pulmonary dysfunction, diabetes, obesity and cancer. The value of high polyphenol and antioxidant content of apples is also discussed, and the positive effects of antioxidants (which are enhanced in Arctic® apples by the way) are also discussed in a recent article of ours as well.
The overwhelming evidence of the numerous health benefits apples provide is all around us, and Arctic® apples make it easier for consumers to enjoy them. One of our main objectives has always been getting more people eating more apples, and that’s a goal that everyone can support!
As we always say: Keep in mind that, as our doctors and dietitians will tell us, we should take any new health news with a grain of salt and an eye on the big picture. Until a food’s health benefits are unequivocally proven in well-designed human feeding studies, we’re just guessing about what works. In the meantime, the prudent course is to eat a healthy, varied diet and exercise regularly. Of course, we hope you’ll include lots of apples in that diet!