As apples are the 3rd highest consumed fruit in the United States it’s no surprise they are delicious, but apples are also a heart-healthy snack with many great benefits. Apples are high in potassium and essential vitamins, which boost the body’s natural immune system and can help lower blood pressure. Apples are also high in fiber which helps promote healthy digestion and regulates bowel movements. Another amazing component of an apple is the antioxidants, which boost your metabolism. Antioxidants are helpful in building the skin’s protection against UV rays. They also lower the risk of chronic disease, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. Apples are naturally low in sodium, cholesterol, and fat. Replacing sugary snacks with apples can aid in the regulation of blood glucose numbers.
Organic vs. conventionally farmed apples:
Conventionally farmed apples are sprayed with more pesticides than any other plant. We do know that pesticides are harmful to people and the environment, but we do not know all the effects of these chemicals. Studies have shown pesticides can not only leave a residue on the skin of the apple but can penetrate it to the core, therefore you are still ingesting the chemicals after a thorough washing.
When given a survey, people prefer the taste of organic apples. Many people believe organic is too expensive, however, organic apples range in price from $.99 to $2.99 per lb. similar to the cost of conventional apples.
Go organic! Clean eating leads to clean living.
Fun fact: Eating an apple every 2-3 days will not only keep the doctor away but could also lessen your trips to the dentist. The natural dense flesh of the apple helps clean plaque and tartar build-up off the teeth.
Healthy Apple Recipes Perfect for any fall day!