Apples are one of my favorite fruits. My kids love them as well and usually eat one every day. They are another "fast food" rich in Vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. You can slice them up and dip them in yogurt or nut butter. You can bake them with a little bit of cinnamon and you can add them to smoothies to really thicken them up.
Apples rank in the top 20 foods which have the most concentrated amount of antioxidants which help with keeping the body healthy by repairing cells. Apples contain 4 grams of fiber (for a medium apple) which contributes to bowel health by reducing constipation and helping with diarrhea. Soluble fiber, like the type that is in an apple, has been linked to reducing cholesterol which benefits the heart.
When buying apples I would recommend purchasing organic apples because apples are listed on the dirty dozen list which means they contain a large amount of pesticides, unless purchased organic.
Next time you are looking for a quick and healthy snack, grab a red, green or yellow apple and crunch away! It will make your day!
Correction: After reviewing the USDA database to determine which apples have the highest vitamin C content it was determined that this claim is false. Only store bought apple juice contains vitamin C due to the process utilized in making the juice shelf stable. I apologize for the error.
Another excerpt from the America's Dietitian healthy foods video series.
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