Shannon Center Weekly Nutrition Tip – Apple Facts
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Although this common saying may not be entirely true, it is true that apples are healthy for you!
Fun apple facts:
- Apples really pack a vitamin C punch. The antioxidant power of that apple is equal to more than 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C.
- Apples also contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps lower blood cholesterol. Since apples are high in fiber, they help to feel that full sensation in your stomach.
- Fruit consumption has also been linked to cancer prevention and lower weights.
- There are about 2,500 known varieties of apples grown in the United States alone!
- Apples are best stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Ways to add some apples into your diet:
- Apple & peanut butter
- Chopped apple in green salads or fruit salads.
- Bake apples with cinnamon, a small amount of brown sugar and a sprinkle of oats (Heat in oven for 20-30 min. at 350 degrees).
- Cooked apples with vegetables such as carrots, winter squash and sweet potatoes can make vegetables a bit sweeter.
Where can you find apples?
Apples go out of season by early winter, so pick some today; here are some local farms to check out!
Want to learn more about nutrition? Check out our eight-week Nutrition Weight Loss Class starting at Saint Xavier University on Wednesday September 21!