As previously printed in Washington Life Magazine on September 2013.
Everyone knows the old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” however they may not be aware that an apple a day can also help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, improve your memory and even regulate blood sugar.
Apples contain fiber which help make you feel fuller longer, thus helping to maintain or lose weight. Just one medium-sized apple contains about 4 grams of a fiber called pectin known to lower cholesterol. Pectin blocks the absorption of cholesterol allowing the body to use it rather than store it.
Recent studies have shown that drinking apple juice everyday may ward off Alzheimer’s disease and improve your overall memory. Apples have the perfect desired amount of antioxidants that raise the levels of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter directly linked to memory. Apples are even known to help regulate blood sugar and reduce the risk of lung cancer and asthma.
Your dentist may applaud you for eating apples regularly as well. Malic acid in apples can help whiten teeth by safely dissolving stains from the tooth’s surface.
Try adding apples to coleslaw and other salads but be sure to first soak the slices in cold water with a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Pink Ladies and Fuji apples are best for salads and Jonagolds and Granny Smiths bake perfectly for pies and other pastries. If you’re making homemade applesauce try using Braeburn apples for the best texture.
There are so many varieties and endless possibilities! Find your favorite from the tartness of the Granny Smith to the juiciness of the Honey Crisp to the sweetness of the Red Delicious—just make sure to leave the skin on the apple whenever possible for the maximum amount of nutrients and benefits!
Apples are just as good when enjoyed whole and raw. They are a great choice for a healthy and easy on-the-go snack that will keep you full. Grab one on your way out the door or send your kids off to their school sports and activities with an apple in hand. If you need to add a little more to your apple, dip slices in your favorite nut butter; the health benefits of the fruit and the protein in the almond or peanut butter will satisfy an empty stomach.
September rings in apple season and with so many delicious ways to enjoy them, you’ll have plenty of ways to meet the “apple a day” quota.