Every year, I wait for the temperatures to drop so that I can justify a steamy cup of apple cider. On my birthday, I ask for apple pie rather than cake. In the mornings, I start off with a fresh, juicy apple. I love apples. They are my favorite fruit, and thus apple season is my favorite season. If it could last all year long, I would be eternally happy. As it is, I have several delectable months, from late summer to early fall, during which I can savor the best of the best. And while I indulge my obsession, I revel in the fact that I am also indulging my health.
The saying goes “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and it’s true. Apples have been proven to help prevent colon, prostate and lung cancer. Their fiber combats bad cholesterol and maintains a regular digestive process. Their flavonoids protect against heart disease; their fructose helps stabilize blood sugar. And, it’s suggested that the fruit in general can lessen the risk of asthma and wheezing. A study of 1,200 mothers and children found that kids whose mothers ate four or more apples a week during pregnancy were 27 percent less likely to develop respiratory problems by age five. No wonder we’re eating them by the pound.
And eat them we should. A whole apple is better than apple juice (although you can still get plenty of benefits from a tall, cool glass), and an unpeeled apple is better than a peeled one. When you go to the store or local orchard, choose the apples with the firmest feel and richest color. The hue is up to you. Your health benefits won’t change with the color, only the taste. Your sweetest options are Red and Golden Delicious while your tartest is Granny Smith. Whichever you select, you’ll be taking home a bagful of goodness and a mouthful of yum.
|NOW Foods – Apple Fiber Powder – 12 oz.|
|Bragg – Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – 32 oz.|