Have you been apple picking yet this fall? Apples are quite possibly the perfect food. Super healthy and absolutely delicious! I’m partial to fujis and pink ladies. While at a friend’s house, my son recently discovered how much he likes a baked apple. Just a fresh apple, baked – no sugar or anything added to make it unhealthy. I’ll have to do that for him.
One important note about apples: stay away from conventionally grown. They are on the Dirty Dozen list because they are heavily doused with pesticides. Go for organic and always give all fruits and vegetables a thorough washing before you eat them because they can have parasites that cause illness.
An apple a day may actually keep the doctor away 😉
- Quercetin found in red apples boost your immune system and may even help curb allergies
- The flavonols in apples cut your risk of cancer
- Apples have disease fighting antioxidants that help repair and prevent oxidation damage during cell activity
- They are loaded with pectin, a soluble fiber. When in the intestine, soluble fiber binds with fat so it helps keep your weight and cholesterol in check
- They are a good source of vitamins C & A and they contain a good amount of phytonutrients
- According to the British Medical Journal, eating at least 2 servings each week helps slash your chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 23%