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In Season in Autumn, Apples Are Full of Antioxidants

5 Things: Apples

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

  1. 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 autumnal fruit. They travel well, too — throw one into your bag in the morning for a snack later in the day.
  2. A medium apple contains three grams of fiber, which is 10 percent of your daily recommended intake. Eating 30 grams of fiber per day has been shown to decrease your risk of developing ovarian cancer.
  3. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. This means they'll help decrease your LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) as well as help keep you regular.

For two more things about this Fall fruit and a couple of tasty recipes featuring apples, keep on reading.

  1. The pectin found in apples helps to remove toxins like lead and mercury from your body.
  2. Apple skins have a high flavanoid content, which not only provide 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.

It looks like a bumper crop for apples this year in many parts of the country. So eat up! Try them in a Waldorf salad or baked with walnuts for dessert.

The Pink Lady is my favorite variety these days and my girls ask for them by name; how about you? Let me know your favorite variety of apple in the comments section below.

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any any 6 years
i love apples!!!!
any any 6 years
i love apples!!!!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Pink Lady's and Fuji's are my faves, but I've been known to enjoy a Gala or a Pippin.
SarahPW SarahPW 6 years
oh, i love honey crisps too! my absolute favorite!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I love apples! I eat one or two a day, every day. They keep you regular, they fill you up, they taste great, and they have a lot of nutrients in them. Right now, I love the in-season Cortlands, but when they aren't in season, I like the Fiji or Galas.
AMP AMP 6 years
I used to love Granny Smiths, but I've switched the Red Delicious. yum
imLissy imLissy 6 years
aw, Yogaforlife, that's terrible :( I have a friend who breaks out in painful hives if she eats wheat, dairy and a number of other things. She's also allergic to chlorine and her own sweat. Poor thing went to a water park with us over the summer. That wasn't much fun for her.
mek123 mek123 6 years
My favorite apples are Ambrosia, which are hard to find. Pink Lady and Galas are next in line.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
I eat apples more than any other fruit. I love them. My favorites are Galas and Honey Crisps. I tried Ginger Gold apples at the farm for the first time this year and they are AMAZING.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
IT'S HONEYCRISP SEASON!! YEA!!!!!!! I feel like Grover Nover.....YEEAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!(swaying back and back with arms raised high)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
IT'S HONEYCRISP SEASON!! YEA!!!!!!!I feel like Grover Nover.....YEEAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!(swaying back and back with arms raised high)
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
You learn to live with it. I take astellin, xyzal, singulair, and advair daily to keep my airborne allergies and asthma in control.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
anon - there are people who are allergic to the sun, I think you can be allergic to anything. My immune system is definitely on overdrive - I'm allergic to many things, some of which require a trip to the ER, and others which I can handle on my own through the use of antihistamines. To name a few: penicillin, erythromycin, vitamin c, animal dander, mold, dust mites, grass/tree/flower pollen, wool, latex, stinging insects, even cardboard. The degree to which I react is dependent on if I am having reactions to anything else at the time and how much exposure I have. My allergist says my vitamin c reaction is a "partial allergy" because I can tolerate foods that have a lower quantity of vitamin C. Anything that has a high quantity or concentration of vitamin C like in citrus fruits induces an allergic reaction.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
anon - there are people who are allergic to the sun, I think you can be allergic to anything. My immune system is definitely on overdrive - I'm allergic to many things, some of which require a trip to the ER, and others which I can handle on my own through the use of antihistamines. To name a few: penicillin, erythromycin, vitamin c, animal dander, mold, dust mites, grass/tree/flower pollen, wool, latex, stinging insects, even cardboard. The degree to which I react is dependent on if I am having reactions to anything else at the time and how much exposure I have.My allergist says my vitamin c reaction is a "partial allergy" because I can tolerate foods that have a lower quantity of vitamin C. Anything that has a high quantity or concentration of vitamin C like in citrus fruits induces an allergic reaction.
CaityRose CaityRose 6 years
I eat one or two apples a day - the farmers market near me has had a great variety lately. I absolutely love pink ladies, braeburns, and galas, and lately I've been finding ginger golds and golden pristines that have been awesome!
michlny michlny 6 years
I eat about two a day! Red delicious, fuji, gala, even macintosh! YUM.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Mamasita - I can't eat oranges, lemons, grapefruits, fresh pineapple or apples. I have an allergy to vitamin C and anything that has a high acid content makes me have really bad stomach cramps and sometimes I throw up. I used to have to go to the ER to have my stomach pumped when I was a child. At least I'm not that bad anymore! Eat all the apples and citrus fruit for me! They smell so delicious - I wish I could eat them. About once a year I give in and have a few mandarin orange slices because they are amazing and worth the sickness afterwards.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Mamasita - I can't eat oranges, lemons, grapefruits, fresh pineapple or apples. I have an allergy to vitamin C and anything that has a high acid content makes me have really bad stomach cramps and sometimes I throw up. I used to have to go to the ER to have my stomach pumped when I was a child. At least I'm not that bad anymore!Eat all the apples and citrus fruit for me! They smell so delicious - I wish I could eat them. About once a year I give in and have a few mandarin orange slices because they are amazing and worth the sickness afterwards.
lovesickblues111 lovesickblues111 6 years
Of course, an apple a day keeps the doctor away... ;)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
that's such a shame yogaforlife, how weird! I will eat all the apples you cannot ;)
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I get really bad stomach cramps when I eat apples. The only ones that don't make me sick are Gala.
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