December 1st is National Eat a Red Apple Day!
And why not? The apple deserves its own holiday. It’s beloved for its flavor, juiciness, versatility, and yes, its health benefits! There’s good reason they say, “an apple a day will keep the doctor away”.
Whether you like them red, pink, or green, apples are a fantastic source of fiber. In fact, studies have linked the regular consumption of apples with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, likely due to the soluble fiber in them, which lowers cholesterol. This fiber also slows digestion to help you feel satiated longer and help control blood glucose levels.
Apples also contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E, which help support your immune system. But do eat the skins. The skin contains most of the antioxidants, as well as about half the fiber of the entire apple.
In terms of weight loss and weight management, apples can provide a strong benefit. They’re a healthy and delicious way to satisfy cravings for sweets. And more importantly, they are high in both fiber and water, making them more filling and satisfying, which helps to control appetite. But again, eat them whole for that skin. Apple puree and juice simply don’t have the same affect on the body because they are missing this vital part of the fruit.
While there are some differences in fiber and vitamin content among the many varieties of apples available at your grocery store or farmers market, any of them will benefit your health when you consume them regularly. So, whether you’re a fan of Fuji, a lover of Pink Lady, or you go “ga ga” for Granny Smith’s, put them on your kitchen counter and enjoy one every day!
Happy “Eat a Red Apple” Day!