An Apple a Day - The Health and Diet Benefits of Pectin
It is totally amazing the benefits are of eating apples.
Besides that satisfying crunch, there are three main components of apples that benefit our health:
- fiber content
All of these are contained in the skin and flesh of apples.
So why would you want to eat apples anyway?
But lets not go overboard on this!
- An apple after a meal will slow down your digestion and make you feel full longer -- it is a critical adjunct to any diet as it helps to prevent the munchies.
- The fiber and the pectin also help relieve constipation as well.
- The antioxidants in dark red apples are a deterrent to cancer, but the pectin also binds to cancerous agents in your blood and intestines and keeps your body from absorbing them in the first place.
- Apples are a source of several natural vitamins.
- By slowing down your digestion (pectin), it helps to regulate your blood sugar level spikes, and again help prevent the munchies.
- By slowing down your digestion (pectin), it reduces your body's ability to absorb fatty food. As such, the pectin acts as a catalyst that makes diets more effective. A consequence of the reduction in fat absorption is a lowering of bad cholesterol.
- Pectin helps control the effect of diarrhea in your intestinal tract.
A couple of apples a day are about all you would ever need for any benefits. Eating a dozen will likely just make you sick. Pectin supplements are not normally recommended. but if you are considering it, make sure you consult your doctor. If he agrees, make sure that you take the pills with lots of water. Taken to excess, pectin can slightly reduce calcium uptake and cause bloating and flatulence.
Besides apples: grapefruit, peaches, currants, and plums also contain pectin. Pectin is also found in root crops such as carrots and beets as well as in tubers, such as potatoes.
Back to Article Index