From being low in calories, aiding weight loss, reducing the risk of diabetes to protecting your heart, apples make for one of the most popular fruits.
But did you know that this humble fruit can be beneficial for two quite opposite health conditions – diarrhoea and constipation? Yes, you read that right. Consuming apple in different ways can be beneficial for both people suffering from constipation or diarrhoea.
Apples are made up of soluble and insoluble fibre. They have 64 per cent insoluble fibre and 32 per cent soluble fibre.
Diarrhoea – have without skin
Soluble fibre is what forms a gel-like consistency in your stool and slows down the digestion, and is thus good for people who have loose motions. Soluble fibre is found in the inner part of the apple, which is the pulp and flesh. So, if you have diarrhoea, the best way to consume apple would be without the skin.
Constipation – have with skin
The insoluble fibre increases the bulk of the stool and helps it in making a quick passage through the intestines. This makes apple good for people who have constipation. The insoluble fibre is found in the skin of the apple, so the best way to consume apples when one has constipation is to have it with the skin.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who regularly ate apples were found to have 13 to 22 per cent less constipation problems than those who didn’t have apples.
Experts also believe …
Apples are loaded with pectin fibre, which has an amphoteric action. Paradoxically, it can provide relief from both constipation and diarrhoea, depending on the body’s need.