Apples are super healthy for several reasons – they are low in calories, high in fiber and they contain polyphenols.
Polyphenols are a big deal, especially to your gut health.
Polyphenols are anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory. They are very dependent on your gut bacteria to metabolize them.
The polyphenols in red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables are reliant upon your gut bacteria to assimilate them for your body’s use.
That said, while your gut bacteria influences polyphenol metabolism, polyphenols in turn positively affect your microbial community by significantly increasing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
Foods High In Polyphenols
- green tea
- grape seed extracts
- purple grapes
- select herbs
- cereal grains
- red wine
Yep, an apple a day can keep the doctor away. Plus, some dark chocolate and red wine.
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