Apples come in myriads of varieties around the world & are used in countless recipes. They come in many shapes, colours & textures & are the ultimate on-the-go, ready-to-eat snack & are packed with healthy goodness as the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” states.
They are nutrient-rich, providing healthy amounts of fibre (mostly in the skin), vitamin C, B vitamins (B1, B6), antioxidant polyphenols (quercetin & phloridzin), & are low in calories.
They can help with:
- Gut health support: they contain pectin, a type of fibre that acts as a prebiotic thus feeding our “good’ gut bacteria & supporting symptoms such as acid reflux or bowel issues
- Weight management
- Reducing the risk of diabetes
- Balancing cholesterol levels & blood pressure thus good for heart health
- Cancer prevention (through their antioxidant properties)
Apples are anti-inflammatory & as such can assist in the prevention of many chronic diseases & infections.
Be aware that the production of apples uses high volume of pesticides so be sure to wash them thoroughly before eating.
Apples are very versatile & are great eaten raw or baked. They can easily be accommodated in sweet or savoury dishes. I personally love adding them grated or sliced to my porridge (with extra berries, it is just heaven) or chopped into a quick lunch salad. I also bake them in the oven & add them to meat or fish dishes, or as a simple dessert with a dollop of fresh cream, yogurt or kefir. There are countless recipes available online, so I encourage you to add them to your diet: they are so easy & delicious! And cheap!
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