An Apple a Day - No Doctor to Pay
There was a good reason the wicked queen tried to tempt Snow White with an apple. Juicy, colorful and loaded with health benefits, apples have been around for thousands of years. They taste great fresh and have many uses in cooking.
Apples and Your Health
Apples have been found to lower the risk of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer’s. Compounds in apples have been shown to reduce the risk of several cancers. The fiber in apples may help decrease the risk of developing diabetes and decrease cholesterol levels. Lower cholesterol levels may also translate into a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Apples can also help improve intestinal health, decreasing problems like constipation and diarrhea, both associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Constipation can cause hemorrhoids, so solving that problem with apples may prevent another.
Apples and Weight Loss
In addition to other health benefits, apples can be part of a healthy weight loss program. The taste helps satisfy your sweet tooth. Because they're crunchy and chewy, eating whole raw apples can help slow down your eating, giving time for your stomach to signal the brain that it's full. The fiber in apples helps fill you up as well. An apple a day might not keep the doctor away, but apples do help boost your immune system.
Try Them Different Ways
The versatility of the apple is one of its greatest benefits. Take color — apples come in myriad shades of red, pink, yellow and green. Slice a variety and arrange on a pretty plate and you have a snack fit for royalty. Raw whole apples travel well, making them handy for take-along lunches and snacks. Try fresh applesauce or even the canned version with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a healthy sweet dessert.
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