posted on January 13, 2006
Eating more high-fiber foods like apples may help you to a healthy weight, according to research cited by the Michigan Apple Committee. A 2003 Brazilian study reports that women who ate apples as part of a calorie-reduced diet program lost more weight than dieters who didn't eat apples.
The 2003 study, featured in Nutrition, gave one group of women apples and another group oats. The women who ate apples showed a statistically significant amount of weight loss, while the group that ate oats lost little weight.
To further the study, scientists measured glucose levels in the blood of those who ate apples. Their blood glucose was significantly decreased compared to the oat group.
It might be that apples' fiber fills you up faster, so you eat less and feel fuller for longer. And soluble fiber slows the body's release of glucose, preventing sudden drops in blood sugar that trigger hunger and can set off food cravings.
"We all know apples are an important part of a healthy diet," said Denise Yockey,
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Executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee. "It is exciting to find more evidence of how apples promote health."
For more reading about the many health benefits of apples, see the MAC web site at www.MichiganApples.com/health.
The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to promotion, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption by consumers in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit MichiganApples.com.