Adults who eat apples & drink apple juice have a lower risk for metabolic syndrome
Not eating your apple a day? Perhaps you should be. Adults who eat apples, apple juice and apple sauce have a significantly reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health problems that are linked to numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Researchers found that adults who eat apples and apple products have smaller waistlines that indicate less abdominal fat, lower blood pressure and a reduced risk for developing what is known as the metabolic syndrome.
In addition to having a 30% decreased likelihood for elevated diastolic blood pressure and a 36% decreased likelihood for elevated systolic blood pressure, apple product consumers also had a 21% reduced risk of increased waist circumference – all predictors of cardiovascular disease and an increased likelihood of metabolic syndrome. Additionally, adult apple product consumers had significantly reduced C-reactive protein levels, another measurable marker related to cardiovascular risk.
Furthermore, apple product consumers’ diets were healthier than non-consumers – they had a greater intake of fruit and key nutrients, including dietary fibre, vitamins Aand C, calcium and potassium. These consumers also ate less total fat, saturated fat, discretionary fat and added sugars.