Foodie Friday: 5 Surprising Ways Apples Are Good For Your Health
Apple season is just around the corner, and North Georgia is known for its apples. In addition to being delicious, study after study is proving the truth in the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Here are just five of the many ways apples are good for you:
One. Apples, along with other fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and other healthy low-fat diet foods can help prevent cancer. A report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research claims that following a proper diet, along with staying physically active and maintaining a normal body mass index, could reduce all cancer rates by 30 percent to 40 percent.
Two. Apples are good for maintaining your weight, or helping you lose weight. They are low-energy-dense foods which means they have a low calorie-to-weight ratio. In other words, they are filling but not fattening. You’ll consume fewer calories and feel fuller for longer.
Three. Apples, like other fruits and vegetables, can help your heart and arteries stay healthy by lowering cholesterol. Their plant sterols and stanols help prevent dietary cholesterol from being absorbed by your body.
Four. Apples make a terrific dessert or a sweet treat. One medium-sized apple has 60-70 calories, which is a lot fewer calories than most cookies, brownies or ice cream. If a whole apple isn’t an appealing dessert, try slicing the apple and sprinkling on some cinnamon.
Five. An average apple is 85 percent water, plus vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, so skip the pricey store-bought vitamin-packed waters and have an apple instead. You’ll get the antioxidant pick-me-up in a natural, easier-on-the-environment package.
And as a bonus, eating a whole apple can help you have whiter teeth because of increased saliva production with all that chewing -- so you'll look healthier, too!
To celebrate apple season, browse our Pinterest boards for tasty apple recipes your whole family will love.