Updated: Aug 13, 2020
Part 2: “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” as the popular saying goes. Is it true? Well, according to research, there is no scientific evidence (yet) to confirm it; however, this should not disappoint apple lovers!
Firstly, more research is happening right now and time is needed to figure out all of the complicated interactions that occur between the different nutrients in apples and how exactly they benefit us. Secondly, scientists say there is no one “magic” food that can meet all of our needs, and in order to stay healthy we must eat a variety of things every day.
Furthermore, an apple is a delicious source of nutrients, such as carbohydrates (including fiber), vitamin C and potassium. Carbohydrates provide us with energy, vitamin C can reduce muscle damage after exercise and minimize fatigue levels, and potassium is an important mineral needed for a healthy heart, blood pressure control, proper muscle contractions and better bone density.
Many other natural chemicals are present in apples as well, that can work as anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer substances and can even positively affect our mood (by the way, fiber apparently can do that too ! – send me an e-mail if you want me to write about it here). Of course, we won’t get all these amazing benefits just from one apple a day, but it will definitely contribute to the larger pool of nutrients we get by eating a variety of wholesome foods.
I believe all this helps to explain why the apple is a such a highly praised snack for active people. Not only it is nutritious, delicious and relatively inexpensive, it is also one of the most convenient and portable snacks out there - you can just throw one in your bag and eat it whenever you need to! And lastly, apples consist of 85% water, so we could also say they are a food that is supporting hydration!
And since FitNut is about fitness and nutrition, I'd say: “An apple a day keeps an athlete in play!”