The season for apples is fast approaching. This delicious fruit was first grown in Central Asia, then spread to Europe. When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought the apple with them. Since then it has become a key element in American culture, from Johnny Appleseed to apple pie, a gift for the teacher and for “keeping the doctor away”. Apples are a healthy and nutritious food. Here are five reasons to snack on this fruit:
Soluble fiber is extremely beneficial to digestion. It plays a role in nutrient absorption and helps to stabilize blood glucose. Fiber is extremely important for overall wellness, helping you to get the most out of what you eat and maintain a healthy digestive system.
Vitamin C is famous for boosting the immune system, but is also a key component of the blood vessels, muscle tissue, and cartilage. Eating foods high in vitamin C has been proven to reduce the risk of catching the common cold. It has also been demonstrated to lower the risk of several types of cancer.
As an electrolyte, potassium passes electrical impulses throughout the various systems of the body. It contributes to the function of muscles, nerves, digestive organs, and blood pressure. Potassium is best found in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Cholesterol Free, Fat Free, Sodium Free
Apples are also considered healthy for what they don’t have. Cholesterol, fats, and sodium occur naturally in the human body and are essential for life. They become unhealthy when a person eats more than the body can absorb. It is best to avoid eating high-cholesterol, high-fat and high-sodium foods frequently. Instead, fill your plate with a cholesterol/fat/sodium free apple!
Many people have difficulty eating raw apples regularly. For a snack that is easy on the mouth and on the digestive system, consider applesauce. Applesauce keeps most of the nutritional benefits of raw apples and is also free from cholesterol, fat, and sodium. The healthiest applesauce is the kind with no added sugars. (But there’s nothing wrong with a dash of cinnamon!)
The benefits of eating apples abound. Besides the dietary benefits you can also get some fresh air and exercise by going apple-picking at a local orchard. Here’s an online directory to help find Connecticut orchard near you: CT Orchards