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.
- Recent research suggests that apples and their juice my help protect children from asthma.
- A medium apple contains 3 grams of fiber, that is 10% of your daily recommended intake.
- 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.
- The pectin found in apples helps to remove toxins like lead and mercury from your body.
- 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.