We love apples this time of year because they are often local and very fresh. Plus, in addition to being timeless, the adage states, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While tasty fruit is no substitute for your doctor, it is full of amazing health benefits that warrant another bite. From Granny Smith to Honeycrisp and every variety in between, apples are basically a super food! Here are some of the amazing health benefits of apples:
- Energy. Full of antioxidants and phytonutrients, apples help the body regulate blood sugar and maintain energy. Whether you’re about to head to the gym or need a pick-me-up during a long meeting, grab an apple for a healthy energy boost that won’t let you down. With apples, you get a little sweetness and a lot of flavor and nutritional benefit. Eat one for a boost of energy!
- Filling. Apples are full of fiber and low on calories, making them an excellent choice for a healthy diet. We love eating apples as part of a nutritious breakfast with whole wheat toast and almond butter, or sliced on top of steel cut oatmeal. Additionally, apples make a great snack since they are so filling. Take one with you to work or school for a quick and delicious snack that won’t leave you feeling unsatisfied.
- Slimming. An ingredient in the apple peel called ursolic acid has been linked to increased fat burned and reducing obesity. Plus, with the fiber mentioned above, apples help you feel full faster. At this time of year when apples are freshest, consider having one each weekday for added nutrition and slimming benefits.
- Fight Illness. From the common cold to decreasing the risk of diabetes, apples are an important part of any healthy diet. Rich in nutrients, especially vitamins such as vitamin C, apples are a good bet when it comes to eating healthy.