Fuel Your Body
An Apple A Day Does More Than Keep The Doctor Away
We all know the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but do we really know why that’s true? With a little research I’ve discovered that the apple does much more than help fight off colds. Apples are thirst-quenching, which makes them great to reach for after a hard dance class. Eating an apple provides your body with a healthy dose of electrolytes, which are essential after a strenuous workout. An apple also offers healthy carbs – the same amount as a slice of bread – as well as lots of fiber – 15% of your daily intake value! This fiber reduces the risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and more, as well as supporting general intestinal health.
Apples are good for the heart in a variety of ways. They have no cholesterol and contain phytonutrients which function as anti-oxidents, and are key to maintaining a healthy heart. But in order to reap the most anti-oxidents from your apple, be sure to eat the skin as well. Keeping your heart healthy is an apple’s flavonoids, aiding in preventing inflammation throughout the body. Finding natural sources of anti-inflammatories means your body can ingest natural, healthy foods while battling inflammation, something most dancers and athletes deal with throughout their careers.
In addition to these known benefits, apples are thought to be key in combatting colon, lung and prostate cancer. Reducing the risk of asthma and augmenting lung health, as well as battling Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease indicate that apples should be part of everyone’s diet!
One of the most exciting perks about eating apples for us Canadians, is that by doing so we can help support our local farmers. Ontario, B.C., Quebec and Nova Scotia are the biggest apple-growing provinces in Canada, but apples are grown from coast to coast. They store easily and can last for quite awhile if stored properly (in their own crisper in the fridge or in a cool dark place, such as a basement).
So, the next time you’re hungry after dance class, bite into a crisp, local apple and know you’re doing your body good!