- Berries & Fruits
Apples belong to the Rosaceae family and are scientifically classified as the species Malus domestica. They have been cultivated for thousands of years and are one of the oldest known fruits.
You've probably heard the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." While it may not guarantee perfect health, apples are certainly a nutritious snack choice and can be part of a healthy diet.
Apples have notable health effects on weight, gut health, and cardiovascular health. Their fiber content supports digestive health, contributing to a healthy gut microbiota. The gut microbiota plays a crucial role in overall well-being, including digestion, immune function, and mental health. In terms of cardiovascular health, apples contain antioxidants and soluble fiber, which help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
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