While "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" may just be an old saying, the popular saying is definitely true. Apples are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol and contain a lot of vitamin C and fiber. Apples rank low because of their high fiber content Glycemic IndexThis allows for a more regulated release of sugar into the bloodstream, which prevents an increase in insulin production. Because fiber not only contributes to gut health and a reduced risk of stroke, but also helps you feel full longer, you may not feel the urge to overeat. According to NutritionFacts.org, apples lower the risk of heart disease, contain high levels of antioxidants and, due to their high content of phytonutrients, prevent environmental dioxins in the body. Apples have a high priority on the Dirty dozen listSo buy organic whenever possible. And since much of the apple's nutrients are in its outer layer, it's best to enjoy your slices with your skin on.
The apple varieties seem endless. 2,500 different varieties are grown in the US and 7,500 are available worldwide. So if you're looking for something sweet to add to your crunch, try Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Gala Apples. For an apple that falls somewhere in the middle, try a Red Delicious or Golden Delicious. If pie is the best for you, you can't go wrong with a Granny Smith. The most common harvest time for apples is early to mid autumn. So grab the family and head to your nearest orchard for a crisp autumn day picking apples between the changing leaves.
Pro Tips: Store your apples in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and use them within three weeks. Say yes to shiny, firm apples and no to apples with brown spots and bruises.
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