Smart runners eat the crisp fruit every day. Why? Here are five good reasons why.
To Get (or Stay) Slim
Low in kilojoules, apples are rich in a type of fibre called pectin, which studies show may help curb your appetite. One study showed eating an apple at breakfast helped subjects eat fewer calories at lunch.
To Boost Heart Health
Pectin and other phytonutrients in apples help lower circulating cholesterol levels. A study from the Netherlands showed an apple a day cut death from heart disease by 50 per cent. Another study showed eating two apples daily protected arteries from harmful plaque buildup.
To Boost Immunity
Quercetin, a flavonoid found in apples, may have far-reaching effects such as boosting endurance, improving immune health, and slowing the ageing process. Eat the peel for the most benefits.
To Fuel Your Run
With 20 grams of carbs, apples supply energy for your run (and also 4+ grams of fibre, which some runners tolerate better than others).
Because They’re Easy
Portable, durable apples stay fresh and crispy in the fridge for weeks. Up your intake by adding apples to salads and stuffing, baking them for breakfast, stirring into yoghurt, or serving with cheese as an afternoon snack.