Nutrition Tip Tuesday
Here’s a quick little tid-bit about why apples are awesome!
What is pectin? Pectin is a soluble fiber found in the skin, pulp, and rind of the apple (so quit peeling your apples people). It can also be found in the cell walls of plants but for now we will just talk about the crunchy, beautiful, delicious apple.
How does this benefit humans doing all of their humaning?
- apples are high in fiber
- apples are high in antioxidants
- pectin is an anti-diarrheal agent
- pectin helps alleviate constipation (such a multi-tasker)
- improves digestion
- enhances immune function
- helps heal gut permeability
- repopulates the gut after using antibiotics
- pectin improves your body’s ability to absorb quercetin
What is quercetin?
Quercetin is an antioxidant found in plant food, and it’s a badass because it fights free radical damage in the body. And what does this mean? In a nutshell, free radicals harm the body causing inflammation, accelerated aging, and a greater chance of developing heart disease, cancer, and age related disease.
Eat your apples, because maybe an apple a day really will keep the Dr. away.
Don’t forget… apples can be “dirty”. They were on this year’s Dirty Dozen list so when buying apples go organic.