A is for Apple

Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, or Jonathon; no matter what your favorite flavor of apple, you are eating a healthy snack. Apples are jam packed with nutrients that are useful for the body. There are hundreds of varieties, so that means that there is an apple that suits any taste.

Apples are an easy snack to eat any time. One of my favorite tools in the kitchen is the apple slicer. It is so easy to slice the apple and throw it in a baggie to take to work with me. I usually will put a little bit of lemon juice on them to stop them from going brown. I rarely peel them because of the nutrients the skin provides.

The aroma of the apple is mostly in the skin. The skin also contains almost half of the vitamin C that an apple has to offer. Eating the skin also contributes to the insoluble fibers. Biting into the apple will help produce more saliva which in turn reduces tooth decay by lowering bacteria.

People eat apples in many different ways. We have the all American apple pie which is a favorite especially around holidays. Apple sauce has been a favorite even among children.  One of my all time favorite way to eat them is apple chips. These ways all contain added sugars and should definitely be eaten in moderation. Eating them raw is the best way to get the full nutritional value.

Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fibers help prevent cholesterol from building up in the lining of the arteries. Insoluble fiber help build bulk in the intestines which holds in fluid to help push waste out smoothly.

Apple juice is another popular way to get this magic fruit into the body. By drinking apple juice you can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. It is shown to increase the levels of acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter.

Apples can also reduce your chance of getting liver, breast, and colon cancers.

Because of the fiber in the apple, you can reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

The soluble fiber found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which lower cholesterol levels.

High soluble fiber intake will slow the build-up of cholesterol plaque in your arteries. Your arteries become loaded with plaque, it slows down the flow of blood which can lead to all kinds of problems that damage your heart and perhaps lead to death. Cholesterol will also cause gall stones when it gets into your bile.

Fiber in apples can also prevent diarrhea and constipation. As I have mentioned before fiber can absorb water to help things move along or it can pull water out of your colon. Either way it will help your bowels stay normal and move the waste out. An added bonus, because of the fiber in apples, they will keep you fuller longer as well.

Give your immune system a boost by eating apples. Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin.  Quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out. Quercetin also helps with lung function.

With summer here, and the weather turning hot, we are all craving something cool. I have a smoothie recipe that is sure to cool you off while helping you get the vitamins that you need. It is simple and fast to make, because we all know you are in a hurry to get to the pool to cool off.

 

Amazing Apple Smoothie

apple smoothie

2 Cups Apple Sauce

1 Cup Apple cider

1 Cup Orange Juice

2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

½ teaspoon Nutmeg

½ teaspoon Cinnamon

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You can add Ice to make it extra cold.. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

 

 

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/nutrition/15-health-benefits-of-eating-apples

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/apples/nutrition.cfm

http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/food-weight-loss/8-health-benefits-apples

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