The old adage of an apple a day keeping the doctor away has previously been proven to be true. Scientists have revealed that biting into this humble fruit can help you do anything from boosting your gut bacteria to helping to improve your life expectancy.
Now, researchers have got to the core of another of the fruit’s superpowers – weight loss! An animal study conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa found that subjects given ursolic acid supplements – the same substance found in apple peels, and equivalent to 1-2 apples – saw increased muscle mass and energy expenditure. Our translation: apples = amazing calorie burn.
A similar study performed on people revealed that women who added three small apples to their daily diet lost over two pounds more than those who didn’t in just over a two-month period – hooray!
So, how does it work? Lead study researcher Christopher Adams explains the science part:
“Our study suggests that ursolic acid increases skeletal muscle and brown fat leading to increased calorie burning.
“Which in turn protects against diet-induced obesity, pre-diabetes and fatty liver disease.”
We know exactly what we’ll be putting into our basket for our next weekly shop! Waldorf salads and apple crumble here we come!