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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The pectin found in apples helps to remove toxins like lead and mercury from your body.
- 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.
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.