The Many Benefits of Apples
Apple orchards, apple pies, spiced apple candles, and apples sitting on a teacher’s desk… all of these make me think of my favorite time of the year: FALL!
And we have all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
What is so special about apples? Well, a lot actually! 😉
The daily recommendation for fruit intake is 2 cups.
Which means, that if you are eating a balanced 2000 calorie diet, you should be feeding your body 2 cups of fruit every day. This can be challenging!
An average sized apple equals 1.5 cups or fruit. Which is almost your full daily serving!
🍎 Apples are easy to grab and eat on the go, bring with you for a snack later or slice up and enjoy at home.
🍎 Apples are also chock full of fiber, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K!
🍎 Apples are high in polyphenols.
Polyphenols, like antioxidants, protect your body tissue from free radicals and disease.
Polyphenols lower your risk for cancer, heart disease, and coronary inflammation.
🍎 Apples have also been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Certain fibers found in apples can also increase your gut health.
Our stomachs are in a constant balancing act between good and bad bacteria that live inside of us. Fibers found in apples “feed” the good bacteria in your stomach and tip the scales to a healthier balance.
Polyphenols and fiber are both found mainly in the skin of the apple – so be sure to keep the skin on when you snack!
Because apples are high in fiber and water, they are also very filling.
Eating healthy, natural, filling foods is a great tool when it comes to weight loss because you will eat less if you feel full.
Eating an apple before a meal or as a snack can lower your caloric intake significantly.
And with fall approaching – now is the perfect time to incorporate apples into your diet!
As if the benefits of apples weren’t enough on their own, apple cider vinegar (which is made from apples) is also linked to a lot of health benefits.
Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can increase heart health, aid in weight loss, decrease risk of cancer, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, improve digestion, and increase gut health.
So, grab an apple or a spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar for a healthier fall!
What is your favorite fruit in the fall?
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