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An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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Whenever you feel the urge for something sweet, don’t reach for that plate of cookies or brownies.  Reach for an apple instead.  Eating an apple will not only satisfy your sweet tooth and make you feel full, but it is also much more nutritious.  Both your taste buds and body will thank you for it.

Apples are a wonderful, healthy treat.  A medium sized apple is about 80 calories and contains no cholesterol, fat or sodium.  It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamin C and contains some potassium.

Health benefits of apple
Eating apples on a regular basis can also provide you with a host of health benefits.  Here are a just a few reasons to consume apples:

  1. Aids in digestion: Apples are a good source of dietary fiber which helps with digestion.
  2. Lowers cholesterol levels: Apples are a great source of pectin, which is a soluble fiber that has been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
  3. Prevents cardiovascular disease: Studies have shown that consuming apples regularly may reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes.
  4. Decreases risk of some cancers: Eating apples may reduce overall cancer risk, and might be especially helpful in preventing prostate and colon cancer.
  5. Promotes weight loss: Apples are rich in dietary fiber, which can help promote weight loss.

Serving suggestions
Apples are a great snack or dessert choice.  It is a versatile fruit that you can feel good eating in so many dishes.  Here are just a few serving suggestions picked from the many available:

  1. Eat it raw: The best way to eat apples is to eat them the way they come off the tree.  You will get the most nutritional benefit out of them this way.
  2. Applesauce: If you like to buy food grown locally, applesauce is great to have on hand for when apples are out of season.  Keep it in the freezer and take some out when you are ready to eat it.  Just go easy on the sugar.  Try cinnamon instead.  It’s healthier AND tastier.
  3. Apple Juice: You can always crush your apples and make juice.
  4. Apple Pie: You can also bake apples into a pie.  Everyone likes pie, right?  You can make a graham cracker crust to keep the pie healthier.
  5. Cider: You can always use apples to make cider as well.

Another great thing about apples is that there are so many varieties to choose from. They range from sweet to tart, so you are bound to find one that pleases your palate.  Regardless of the differences in taste and texture though, all apples are roughly the same nutritionally speaking.  Just pick the one you like the best.

So, the next time you are feeling like something sweet to eat, grab an apple and crunch away.  It really is good for your health.  And you never know, they might be right.  An apple a day might actually keep the doctor away!

Comments (6)

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  1. Gloson says:

    Indeed! An apple a day keeps the doctor away (Unleth when your tooth ith loothe.)!

  2. Mark says:

    I love me apples! Good reminder! Hope the weekend was awesome!

  3. Blake says:

    I love raw apples. Sometimes I’ll put them in a smoothie too. Thanks for the info.

  4. Believe it or not- before I was preggo I took a shot of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) each day with a spoonful of honey back- but I did get so used to it that I didn’t need the honey. I’m not doing that now because I’m afraid it will upset my stomach and baby. I was just thinking about it yesterday because I used it in a dish and I actually can’t wait to start taking it again- there are so many benefits- My skin for one clears and there are a ton of nutrients from it. Of course it’s organic ACV. I love raw apples too! 😉

  5. pablo says:

    I totally agree, I eat 5 apples a week, mainly in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. The fiber fills me up, and the sweet/tartness is a treat for me. Definitely better than an unhealthy snack!

  6. Rosy says:

    love this post!!! I love apples, too!!!

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