With fall comes many things we love – leaves changing color, cool weather that invites us to wear our coziest sweaters and crisp, juicy apples. Whether you prefer a sweet Honeycrisp or a tart Granny Smith, there are options to suit any taste — and their health benefits mean you should add them to your shopping list!
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? While we can’t make any promises, apples are very nutritious. As a bonus, they are currently in season, so it’s the perfect time to try new varieties and maybe some new recipes!
Benefits of Apples
Their high fiber content – one medium-sized apple contains about four grams of fiber – can help lower levels of LDL cholesterol, leading to better heart health. Apples also make a great, low-calorie snack, because the fiber keeps you feeling full longer.
With cold and flu season fast-approaching, eating foods high in vitamin C will keep your immune system strong. One apple contains about 14 percent of your daily recommended daily intake.
Several antioxidants found in this favorite autumn fruit have serious benefits, including reducing your risk of colon cancer and diabetes, and boosting your brain health. Apple peels in particular are packed with polyphenols – antioxidants that prevent cellular damage from free radicals.
And if that’s not enough, here’s another fun fact — apples may improve the health of your teeth. Biting into nature’s “toothbrush” kills bacteria and reduces the risk of tooth decay.
Which is best – red, green or golden? Turns out, all varieties are good for you, so feel free to choose the sweetness or tartness level you prefer.
Your New Favorite Fall Apple Recipe
While apples are delicious on their own, baked treats made with apples are a common staple in many kitchens during the fall and winter months. Many recipes for apple pie and apple crisp are loaded with butter and sugar. We love this lighter version of apple crisp that still delivers that sweet and delicious flavor you crave.