Fall is the time of year when the weather is cool, the leaves will start to turn colors and most importantly, it is apple season. My husband and I went apple picking over the weekend and had a blast. The farm was awesome and allowed us to drive our car to the area where we wanted to pick our favorite apples. They had a large variety of apples and had my two favorites: Pink Lady and Jonagold. My husband’s favorite apple is McIntosh. We filled 2 large bags with these delicious apples and also bought a jug of apple cider. It was a perfect day! I know that apples are good for you, but was curious to know how healthy they really are. I did some search and found some interesting information that I want to share with you.
- Apples are a good source of soluble fiber, especially pectin, which helps control insulin levels by slowing the release of sugar into your bloodstream. This is the fruit of choice for diabetics.
- Pectin also helps reduce cholesterol levels by lowering insulin secretion.
- Cornell University researchers have found that the amount of fresh apple extract from a medium apple with skin provides the antioxidant activity equal to 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C.
- Apples contain quercetin, which is a natural antioxidant – but don’t peel your apples as this is only found in the skin.
It turns out that eating an apple a day just might keep the doctor away!
Weekly Food Menu
Sunday and Wednesday: Turkey sausage with sautéed onions and peppers
Monday and Friday: Veggie chili over brown rice
Tuesday and Thursday: Whole grain pasta with sautéed veggies
Saturday: Whole grain pizza with turkey pepperoni and fat free mozzarella cheese
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