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  2. Oct 17, 2018

The Health Benefits of Apples

An apple can be ideal snack when you’re trying to lose weight, but its health benefits go way beyond keeping a slim waist. In fact, apples are packed with tons of nutrients that can help improve your health and keep the doctor away.

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In this episode, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll sits down with Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., to discover everything that makes up an apple and how each of those vitamins and minerals can affect your health. We’re talking about everything from fiber to calcium to amino acids to vitamins A-K! 

But what about that sugar? Doesn’t an apple have the same amount as a candy bar? Yes, but keep in mind that comparing the two is like comparing… well, apples and candy bars. The way your body processes the natural sugar found in fruit and the refined sugar found in many candies is night and day. 

Fun fact: Apples contain the amino acid tryptophan which is commonly blamed for causing drowsiness after Thanksgiving dinner.

In This Episode

  • How apples can help with weight loss 
  • How much water is in an apple
  • Are red, yellow, or green apples the healthiest?
  • Natural vs. refined sugar
  • How much vitamin C is in an apple
  • How many nutrients are lost by peeling an apple

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