For many people, a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee is the best way to start your day. This used to be the case for me too. But did you know that the apple provides a better awakening of body and mind than coffee?
An average-sized apple contains no caffeine but has about 13 grams of natural sugar. These sugars provoke a similar response to caffeine because its energies and vitamins are released slowly throughout the body, making you feel more awake. But unlike caffeine, there are no jolts, mood swings, anxiety, jitters, or the dreaded crash once it leaves your body.
Why are apples better than coffee?
Eating an apple can give your brain an energy boost. When we’re asleep, our blood pressure dips, but the 100 milligrams or so of caffeine in a cup of coffee stimulates our central nervous system and in turn, raises our blood pressure and breathing rate.
Eating an apple a day may or may not “keep the doctor away”, but this fruit certainly contains more calories and energy potential than a cup of black coffee. Apples are rich in fructose sugar and coffee is rich in caffeine, which is like not comparing “apples with apples” to use another old expression. Caffeine stimulates your brain and fights drowsiness, but it’s not actually a source of energy. Insider Inc. provides breakfast ideas to give us as much or even more energy than coffee, with apples on top of the list.
Benefits of eating apples
– Apples can do a lot for you, thanks to plant chemicals called flavonoids. And they have pectin, a fibre that breaks down in your gut. If you take off the apple’s skin before eating it, you won’t get as much of the fibre or flavonoids. The fibre can slow digestion so you feel fuller after eating.
– Eating apples can help cleanse and clean teeth and fight bad breath. The fibrous content of apples cleans teeth by acting as a toothbrush and scrubbing away plaque from teeth and removing other food debris. The acidity in an apple helps kill off bad bacteria that encourage bad breath.
The downside of eating too many apples
Apples are full of carbs (the fructose sugar told of earlier) that provide you with instant energy. But you’d be surprised to know that having too much of it can lead to weight gain. This is because the body burns carbs first, so eating too many apples can restrict your body from burning fat when it needs to lose weight.
Both coffee and apples have their own benefits, but apples have more. According to Healthline Media Inc, “apples are a wakeup call”. If you’re heading to an early-morning lecture or you have work to do and need your brain doing its best and your body moving how it should, be sure to pick up an apple on your way out.
Tell us: Do you eat apples often and do you agree they give you an energy boost? Do you drink coffee, and could you give it up?