Benefits of ApplesSeptember 23, 2016
Fall has arrived and pick-your-own apples season is in full swing throughout local orchards! Whether red, green or yellow, those fruits can be found in our kitchen all year round, but they are especially flavourful at harvest time. Yet another reason to make them the star ingredient of your autumn pies and crumbles.
Different studies tend to attribute several virtues to apples. Like many fruits, they have great antioxidant properties that play an important role in preventing cardiovascular diseases. They also contain pectin, a soluble dietary fibre that limits the accumulation of sugars in the blood and helps in regulating cholesterol levels. Also, biting into an apple stimulates our gums and thereby contributes to the prevention of certain periodontal diseases.
Composed mostly of water, apples are low calorie foods with a great refreshing and thirst-quenching capacity. They are also rich in nutrients, considering their significant potassium content and the moderate presence of vitamin A and vitamin C in their skin and pulp. No wonder apples are the go-to snack!
In order to fully profit from the nutritional benefits of apples, it is recommended to eat them with the skin, which contains even more antioxidants than the flesh. Remember to properly rinse your fruits in lukewarm water before consuming.