Coffee has been the preferred "perk-me-up-in-the-morning" drink of many because of the caffeine it contains which is said to quickly stimulate the senses and provide mental energy. However, the effect quickly fades off as it gives little physical energy to the body.
An apple, on the other hand, contains a natural sugar called fructose which gives the same effect as caffeine in boosting energy levels. Furthermore, apples have high carbohydrate and fiber content, which are used as the body's fuel. The high fiber content also cause the natural sugar to be absorbed more slowly into the system, prolonging the boost.
Aside from all these, an apple is also packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients making it an ideal breakfast item than a steaming cup of coffee. Here are some health benefits that can be derived from apples:
- An apple contains around or even less than 100 calories each, with no dietary cholesterol and no fat.
- The combination of fiber and vitamins apples contain may also help to lower overall cholesterol numbers.
- Apples are a great source of B vitamins, which aid in metabolism, and antioxidant beta carotene, known to ward off respiratory infections, lower the risk of certain types of cancers, lower the risk of heart disease and even protect against ultraviolet radiation when combined with Vitamin C.
- This fruit is also packed with Vitamin C, known to help the body fight infections.
While the apple may not satisfy your coffee craving all together, it offers a healthier alternative to staying awake. So the next time you’re feeling a little tired or need an extra boost, pass on the coffee and try an apple instead.