An Apple a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

8 Mar

The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” appears to be true. Many studies have shown that apple consumption was repeatedly associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, asthma and type 2 diabetes, when compared to other fruits and vegetables.

So what makes the apple so special among other fruits? Researchers believe that the high content of flavonoids, like quercetin, contribute to its protective effects against heart disease and asthma. Apples are also very high in pectin, a soluble fiber, which has many benefits such as lowering cholesterol levels. One medium (5-ounce) unpeeled apple provides 3 grams of fiber, which is more than 10 percent of the daily fiber intake recommended by experts.

Apples are also high in vitamin C and a good source of potassium. Most of the important nutrients in apples are contained in its skin, and raw apples are higher in many nutrients and phytochemicals as well.

Apples are among the top foods containing pesticide residues, and I recommend selecting organically grown apples. If you cannot get organically grown, ensure that you wash your nonorganic apples with a safe produce wash and gently rinse with cool water.

Simple Serving Ideas

    Top up your salads with sliced apple
    Slice apples and eat with your favourite cheese
    Dip sliced apples into a raw almond, macadamia or cashew butter

If you have any quick serving ideas I would love to hear them! So don’t forget to eat your apple a day to keep the doctor away!

Enjoy!
Irena

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