We have all heard the saying “an apple a day keep the doctor away,” but do you know the true value of adding apples to your regular diet? Apple season is here and farms are filling up with eager visitors setting their sites on the freshest apples. While your taste buds may be interested in a glass of cider or a warm slice of apple pie, you may want to consider heading to your local farm and picking up apples so that you can eat them in their raw form. Here are just some of the amazing benefits of eating apples regularly.
Support A Healthy Immune System
With flu season starting up, protecting the immune system is key to staying healthy. A diet filled with soluble fiber helps to convert immune cells that were pro-inflammatory into anti-inflammatory and immune-supporting cells. Apples contain immune-boosting vitamin C, which is known to play a role in strengthening the barrier against pathogens. Green apples are a better source of Vitamin A, B, C, and K, compared to red apples.
Although there is no sure way to prevent cancer, apples can help play a role. Because the fruit is packed with nutrients, eating apples regularly is associated with reduced risk in cancers such as colorectal, oral cavity, esophageal and breast cancer.
High In Fiber
Because apples are filled with dietary fiber, they may lower cholesterol and blood sugar. They also slow digestion and rise of blood sugar, making it less likely to overeat. According to studies, people who eat more fiber have a significantly lower body weight. Apples are both high in fiber and water, making them very filling. Studies have shown that people who consume apple slices before eating a meal feel fuller faster. The fiber in apples may also help with passing regular bowel movements and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
As you can see, there are a bounty of reasons to fill up your basket with apples this season. Apples have numerous health benefits, that make them the perfect fruit to munch on this fall. You can even have some fun with your apples, by making apple cider, a pie, vegan tarte and more! How will you enjoy apples this fall?
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