No matter how you slice them, apples are one of fall’s favorite—and healthiest —fruits. Nothing signals the start of fall more than a visit to an apple orchard, the sweet taste of caramel apples and hot apple cider … or the smell of a freshly baked apple pie warming in the oven. As the old English proverb reminds us, nothing could be healthier than enjoying an apple a day! Whether eating them whole on-the-go, or as a key ingredient in a delicious, savory dish that is sure to make you the apple of someone’s eye.
So what is behind the apple’s appeal? In addition to being packed with a wide variety of different flavors and textures (tart, sweet, mild, crunchy and crisp just to name a few), apples are also bursting with distinctive and amazing health benefits. According to USApple (www.usapple.org), a nonprofit organization representing the nation’s 7,500 apple growers, as well as 1,000 individual firms in the apple business, “recent research link apple nutrients with promising results that suggest “a link between apples and weight loss, brain health, including Alzheimer’s disease, certain forms of cancer, lung and heart health and stroke.” In addition, apples are an excellent source of dietary fiber and a healthy source of antioxidants, which is linked to the prevention of many diseases. How ‘bout them apples?