An Apple a Day May Keep the Doctor Away
Get a bite out of this: One medium-sized apple (with its peel) has four grams of dietary fiber and just 80 calories. That’s about 15% of the recommended daily amount of fiber for adults. The soluble fiber in apples helps to lower blood cholesterol levels, while the insoluble fiber helps move food quickly through the digestive system, possibly reducing the risk of colon cancer. An apple’s high fiber content also helps maintain steady blood glucose (sugar) levels by slowing the absorption of glucose from dietary carbohydrates.
What else makes apples so “a-peeling”? Recent studies have shown that apples, especially their peels, are packed with the flavonoid, quercetin. As a powerful antioxidant, quercetin may prevent the cell damage that can lead to many diseases and cancers.
What’s at its core? This crunchy, sweet fruit contains potassium and calcium. It also contains vitamin C, which is located just under the skin. This is another good reason to leave the peel on.
Here are some “apple-tizing” ways to include an apple in your day:
- Add chopped apples to a garden, chicken, or tuna salad.
- Layer apple slices, yogurt and granola for an apple parfait.
- Grab an apple to go.
- Spoon warm applesauce over frozen yogurt to make an apple sundae.
- Substitute apple slices for jelly on peanut butter sandwiches.
- Sprinkle apple slices with cinnamon.