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5 Things: Apples

The old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" seems to be true. This common fruit is a power house when it comes to nutrition. Here are five facts to ensure this fruit becomes the apple of your eye.

  1. Recent research suggests that apples and their juice my help protect children from asthma.
  2. A medium apple contains 3 grams of fiber, that is 10% of your daily recommended intake.
  3. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. This means apples will help decrease your LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), as well as help keep you regular.
  4. The pectin found in apples helps to remove toxins like lead and mercury from your body.
  5. Apple skins have a high flavanoid content which provide not only antioxidant protection (they help remove cancer causing oxygen free radicals), but help prevent heart disease as well. Remember to drink cloudy apple juice if you are sipping for antioxidants.

Bonus: Apples are in season now and they are a relatively inexpensive fruit. Plus they don't lose much of the nutritional punch if they are stored for long periods of time, making them a perfect winter fruit.

I prefer Granny Smiths and Pink Ladies, how about you? Let me know your favorite variety of apple in the comments section below.

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geohiker geohiker 8 years
I'm a fan of the Fuji apples, but have to admit I also really like caramel apples (of any sort!) when the leaves turn in the fall!
jessiedallas jessiedallas 8 years
my new favorite apples are called 'Apple Sweets'. they're sliced apples in a bag (with about 5 little bags in a bigger one), and they have a little extra flavor added to them, but not overpowering. the added 'flavor' is supposed to also have added nutrients, including viatmin C and calcium! the ones i've tried are the wild berry ones, but i'm excited to try the carmel apple ones since the flavoring is not as overpowering as i thought it might be. a good snack for when you really don't feel like fruit. oh yeah, i live in texas (no, not dallas) and i piacked them up at walmart...turns out they have a website too... www.applesweets.com
fishlady fishlady 8 years
McCoun apples are SO GOOD, but this is the only time of year they're available, and you've got to eat them while they are fresh. They are tangy, not sweet, and I've never had a crispier kind of apple. I've seen them in NY and CT, so they may be only a Northeast-grown variety. I've never even heard of honeycrisps, I'm going to look for those ASAP...
fishlady fishlady 8 years
McCoun apples are SO GOOD, but this is the only time of year they're available, and you've got to eat them while they are fresh. They are tangy, not sweet, and I've never had a crispier kind of apple. I've seen them in NY and CT, so they may be only a Northeast-grown variety. I've never even heard of honeycrisps, I'm going to look for those ASAP...
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 8 years
Honeycrisps are definitely the best apple ever, but Braeburns are a close second (and available year round). I typically eat three honeycrisps a day when then are in season- my family has to make an orchard trip every week just to keep up :).
blackheartbaby blackheartbaby 8 years
Fujis are my favorite!
AMP AMP 8 years
Granny Smiths are my fav. They were on sale for 39 cents a lb last week at the grocery store, I was ecstatic!!
candy_addict candy_addict 8 years
Fuji and Gala are my favorite, but I also love the tangy taste of Granny Smiths.
heineken67 heineken67 8 years
I love apples, but I'm allergic. :(
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I love Pink Lady and Fuji apples. =D
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I love Fujis! I don't think I've ever had one that was mealy.
juliefischer juliefischer 8 years
Fuji's! Yum!
ptotheenguin ptotheenguin 8 years
Pink Ladies are easily my favorite. But when those aren't looking so hot I reach for Fuji or Gala. The only apples I'm really not crazy about are Red Delicious.. I usually only eat those dipped in a little bit of peanut butter.
dammitjamie dammitjamie 8 years
Any yellow of green variety. Not a fan of red apples.
point1121 point1121 8 years
paula red...yummy. just went apple picking yesterday :)
jade408 jade408 8 years
I love gingergold apples and a few of the Japanese varieties that are crisp, tart and sweet.
stacyinpasadena stacyinpasadena 8 years
yes, honeycrisps! I just discovered them this year and they are the best apple I've ever had.
Adrianne Adrianne 8 years
My favorite is the Fuji apples. Mmm.
fashionhore fashionhore 8 years
I have started to enjoy good ol' red apple again, the regular, crunchy large ones. That and pink ladies.
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
Pippins, Golden delicious and Fujis.
emlod10 emlod10 8 years
There is a new type - Jazz. They are delicious! I love Pink Lady and Fuji too.
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
luv granny smiths, with salt...fujis r good too.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
"Recent research suggests that apples and their juice my help protect children from asthma." I say BS! I love apples and have severe asthma!
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
Braeburn apples are the best! That's what we are offered up here in Minnesota. I just bought a ton yesterday.. Mmmmm
MSL83 MSL83 8 years
Mmm, I love Gala, Jonagold, and Pink Lady apples!
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