Secret Side Effects of Eating Apples

As sure as God made little green apples, America's most abundant fruit is loaded with health-promoting nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other good-for-you compounds.

It's hard to go wrong when you start your day shining up a Mac, Red Delicious, or Honey Crisp on your sleeve. It's no wonder some clever Welsh bloke from Pembrokeshire


That pearl of wisdom still holds true. In the pantheon of snack foods, the apple reigns supreme as the largest source of antioxidants from fruits consumed in the United States.

Plant-based compounds containing phenols can halt the reaction of free radicals with other molecules, preventing damage to your DNA, which in turn may slow aging and protect against chronic disease.

But that doesn't mean there are no negative side effects associated with eating apples. There are, but consider the alternatives before making apples a forbidden fruit.

A Bite out of these good and not-so-good side effects of eating apples, according to science. And for more Eat More Fruit advice, check out our story about Ways Eating Fruit Can Help You Lose Weight.

Apples are a rich source of phytochemicals: powerful compounds that studies show have strong antioxidant activity, inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and decreasing the oxidation of blood fats. 

And epidemiological observations suggest that eating apples may reduce the risk of certain cancers. A review of studies published in Planta Medica found that people who ate one or more apples

Don't ever peel an apple. Why? Two-thirds of the fiber and most of those free-radical-fighting antioxidants are found in the peel. Apples are a good source of pectin

Which is a soluble fiber found in apple peels that can help support heart health by lowering LDL "bad" cholesterol and also improve blood sugar control, reducing your risk  type 2 diabetes. 

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