An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away. We’ve all heard it, but have you ever wondered where it comes from? And how it plays into at-home senior care?
While the first recorded instance of the phrase was in the 1860s in Wales, this familiar saying still holds true today. But do you know why?
Apples are packed with disease-fighting nutrients and health benefits.
- An apple is 84% water and can help keep you hydrated.
- This fruit is low in calories (only 80 for a medium-size apple), fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free.
- The skin on an apple is full of fiber. Dietary fiber is very important for a healthy diet and weight management. This nutrient helps to lower cholesterol levels and decreases the risk of heart disease, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes. It also aids in proper bowel function.
- Apples contain Vitamin C which helps in the growth and repair of all body tissues, aids in healing cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
Apples are an affordable, convenient, mess-free snack and can stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to three weeks. But among seniors, bananas tend to win out because they’re much easier to eat; dentures can get in the way. And while applesauce is nice, it often loses much of the fiber found in the peel. Our elder care services can bring back that love of apples by a) reminding our clients of the benefits of apples, and b) using the sharp knives in order to cut them so that they’re as easy to eat as any other fruit. What an easy way to keep the doctor away!
If you or a loved are in need of in-home care services, contact us today.
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