An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?
This old Welsh proverb still floats around today for a good reason. As one of the most cultivated and consumed fruits in the world, apples continuously rank at the top of food lists for being “healthy foods”.
- Packing in quite a bit of soluble fiber (4 grams per medium apple) for a modest amount of calories (95) makes apples a filling, sweet snack.
- Apples are rich phytonutrients like flavonols (quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin) and phenols (primarily chlorogenic acid).
- Richest polyphenol concentration in the skin.
- Responsible for the antioxidant benefits of apples.
- Apples deliver an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.
- Their water-soluble fiber (pectin) content and their unusual mix of polyphenols makes apples heart-healthy by directly benefiting the cardiovascular system by lowering total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol.
Best Ways to Use
- Cut an apple, sprinkle with cinnamon, and microwave for a sweet low-calorie dessert.
- Add diced apples to fruit or green salads.
- Snack on a raw apple in between meals.
- Braise a chopped apple with red cabbage.
- Apples go great in baked goods and desserts.