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A is for Apples

Yes, it is true that apples have tons of great health benefits and may even help to reduce the need for frequent visits to your primary healthcare provider.
 
Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the US. It’s a refreshingly sweet treat that tastes good and is good for you. But what is it about this superfood that makes us feel good about its health enhancing properties? 
 

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Health Benefits

Most notably, apples are high in antioxidants and vitamins which makes them perfect for their immune boosting properties. The abundance of pectin, a soluble fiber helps you feel full longer aids in digestion, and blocks the absorption of LDL (bad) cholesterol. The antioxidant Quertin, found on the skin of apples can help reduce inflammation and make oxygen more available to your lungs. Enhanced oxygen availability means greater endurance. Research has also shown that other health benefits of apples include:
 

  • Reduced risk of cancers such as lung, colon and pancreatic
  • Increased weight loss: antioxidants and pectin (type of fiber)
  • Better heart health: reduced risk of death from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. People less likely to have symptoms of metabolic syndrome
  • Lower cholesterol: soluble fiber prevents buildup of LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Decreased risk of diabetes: soluble fiber and phytonutrients helps control blood sugar levels
  • Boost immune system: red apples contain antioxidant flavonoids called quercetin which can help boost immune system levels

  
 

Nutritional Profile

* Based on 2,000 calorie diet
 
 

Season, Selection and Storage

The typical season for most apple varieties goes from late summer to approximately mid-late October. The peak of the ripening seems to occur around mid-September to mid-October.  However, it should also be noted that ripening dates are an estimate and can vary considerable depending on weather and location. If you live in the northern hemisphere, ripening may occur slightly earlier than the southern regions. It’s always best to check your local farmers market for the peak ripening schedule.
 
Pick fruits that are firm and have rich coloring. Red and Golden Delicious apples are among the sweetest, while Fuji and Braeburn are slightly tart. Granny Smith, Gravenstein and Pippen are the most tart, but retain a better texture while cooking.
 
Most apples can be stored anywhere from a few weeks, to several months. An apple is most tart freshly picked from the tree, but will become sweeter as they ripen with storage. While Gala apples keep for only a few weeks in the refrigerator, Fuji and Goldrush apples can be stored as long as 8-10 months.
 
The key to storage – apples store better when refrigerated around 32-34 degrees. It’s also best to keep them hydrated by putting a damp sponge or cheesecloth with them in a plastic bag. Here’s a good way to remember: Moisture Up – Temperature Down.
 
So go ahead – take a bite of a delicious juicy apple today! Your body and mind with thank you for it!
 

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