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Now let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of apples, along with tasty ways to prepare this amazing fruit. Be sure to read the whole thing — there’s a free handout hiding at the bottom of the post.
Today’s Featured Flavor: Apples
Did you know that apple trees were one of the first trees to be cultivated? It appears that the apples we know today come from ancestors that originated in Asia before spreading to Europe. From there, apples were brought to North America by colonists during the 1600s. In fact, the only kind of apple that is native to the U.S. is the crabapple. Now apples are grown in all 50 states and more than 7,500 different types of apples are growing around the world.
With all this variety, it’s easy to explore different types of apples until you find a few favorites. Whether it’s tart Granny Smiths, crisp Fujis, or exotic Macouns, there’s an apple out there for everybody.
Apples and Your Health:
Apples are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free, which means that they lack a bunch of the elements that are bad for your heart. They’re also rich in fiber, which is key to a healthful diet. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most people don’t get enough fiber every day. Plus, apples are rich in vitamin C, which in turn supports your immune system.
According to the paper Apple Phytochemicals and Their Health Benefits, ”Apples are a widely consumed, rich source of phytochemicals, and epidemiological studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes.” The authors continue “Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are strong antioxidants.”
In other words, apples are just plain good for you.
Apples as Flavor Boosters:
Apples are great at boosting the flavor of any dish, whether you’re adding a few slices to a pitcher of water for a refreshing, calorie-free drink or sautéing them with cinnamon for a healthful fruit topping.
Apples are sweet, tart, and bursting with flavor.
They can be used in both savory and sweet recipes, and no matter how you use them, they are sure to make the dish taste delicious.
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