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We’ve all heard this classic quote, but is it true? Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Turns out maybe our moms were onto something; apples do have tons of excellent nutritional benefits. I’m not sure how accurate it is to say that apples will keep you out of the doctor’s office, but eating one a day will certainly improve your health.

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This week’s challenge is to test the theory of eating an apple a day. Go out and buy seven apples for each of your family members this week and enjoy all of the wonderful healthy benefits this nutrient-packed fruit offers!

10 REASONS TO EAT AN APPLE A DAY

  1. Apples contain three to five grams of soluble fiber, which help keep you full longer.
  2. Apples help remove plaque off your teeth and freshen breath.
  3. They have a high water content, which helps flush toxins from the body.
  4. They’re low in calories and fat, which make them a perfect snack for dieters.
  5. Apples contain no sodium—great for people with high blood pressure.
  6. They help regulate blood sugar by slowly releasing it into the bloodstream.
  7. Apples help prevent heart disease and stroke as one of the richest sources of flavonoids. (http://www.benefitsofapples.com/).
  8. Apples provide a good source of vitamin C to combat colds and keep your immune system strong.
  9. Apples have been linked to lowering the risk of asthma. Researchers in the United Kingdom found that “people who ate at least two apples each week had a 22-32 percent lower risk of developing asthma than those who ate less of the fruit,” (Murray, M. & Pizzorno, J.  (2005) The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York, NY: Atria Books).
  10. Apples are easy to carry in your purse, which make them an easy, healthy snack to keep on hand for you and your kids—especially if you’re a busy mom on the go!

Apples are also inexpensive—at an average price of less than one dollar per pound, they’re not only good for your body, but also your wallet.

*The advice in this article should not replace the advice of your doctor.