The nutritionist reveals how fruit can be important for the proper functioning of the body
It is not new that fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. And among the benefits of the apple, which is one of the most popular in Brazil and in the world, it is no less. By consuming one unit a day, it is already possible to protect yourself even from some diseases.
According to Dr. Valéria Goulart, nutritionist of the Brazilian Association of Nutrology (ABRAN), American studies show that, among the benefits of apples, there is a decrease in the incidence of type 2 diabetes, because it contains antioxidants.
According to the expert, the apple contains polyphenols, substances that protect the heart and prevent cardiovascular disease. It has a fiber called pectin, which reduces the absorption of fats that are ingested daily and, as a result, helps in the fight against bad cholesterol.
Fruit is a health ally
“The apple is able to relieve stomach pain, it helps in the fight against gastritis because it works like a gel. This fruit increases the production of acetylcholine (neurotransmitter responsible for memory aid) and, therefore, reduces the possibility that the ‘individual triggers Alzheimer’s or stroke, “says the doctor, after being questioned about the benefits of apples.
“Polyphenols also act as anti-inflammatories and reduce the possibility that the person has cancer, especially in the digestive part. Another function is to fight free radicals, those that delay aging. It also promotes the production of collagen, helps in oral health, malic acid which increases the production of saliva, decreasing the proliferation of bacteria, which form bacterial plaque “, explains Dr. Goulart.
According to a study by the National Institute of the United States, eating an apple a day prevents several diseases. This study was conducted with more than 8,000 people. For a year, around 10% ate an apple a day. These people did not need to take many drugs, they did not get sick and an apple a day gives them more energy and disposition, because despite having few calories it has carbohydrates and fiber.
The nutritionist also points out that the best time to enjoy the benefits of apples is breakfast, due to the pectin present in the peel. This substance slows down digestion and reduces the absorption of sugars in the body, i.e. in this way the intestine will function in a healthy way. Some people, when they eat the apple at night, experience some discomfort, especially in digestion due to the peel.
Weight loss is one of the benefits of the apple
“Because it is a fruit rich in fiber and water, it causes a sense of satiety and reduces appetite. It has pectin in the peel which reduces the absorption of sugars, and this is great for those who want to lose weight. An apple 15 minutes before meals. ingests 200 fewer calories (apples are also low in calories).
ways of consuming
“Here in Brazil the gala apple is what everyone consumes and likes, one of the advantages is that it has many antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory priorities. The Argentine apple, on the other hand, (very red) helps even more with excellent digestion for making sweets The green apple is wonderful, it is rich in flavonoids, vitamin C, antioxidants, few calories and a lot of fiber, that is, it is very good.
Those who are not a fan of this fruit can consume it in another format, for example by putting a little cinnamon and heating it in the microwave, in addition to being tasty, cinnamon has all the health benefits and reduces the acidity of the apple . .
Cinnamon is a good addition to the benefits of apple
The combination of cinnamon and apple also curbs your appetite. You can cut it in half on a plate on a parchment paper, leave it for 4-5 minutes, until it dries, like chips. Then, when it starts to turn the edges, you can turn it over and leave it for another 30 seconds, until it becomes very crunchy. After that, just sprinkle with cinnamon and let it dry.
“Apple tea with cinnamon is also good for your health, especially when it’s already gone and you don’t want to lose it, a tip is to cut it into ice cubes and let it freeze, because as soon as it thaws you can turn it into a drink”.
“It is worth mixing the fruit pulp in the blender with the water to drink ice cream or if you prefer hot for the low temperatures of this time of year, just heat and drink the drink which, in addition to bringing health benefits , the body will be supplied with nutrients “, concludes the specialist.
Source: Dr. Valéria Goulart, nutritionist with the title of specialist of the Brazilian Association of Nutrology (ABRAN).