An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
In this article, learn about the many health benefits of apples and get anti-inflammatory recipes incorporating this delicious fruit.
What is an apple?
- A mystical or forbidden fruit?
- An album label that produced the Beatles’ first album?
- One of the biggest technology companies in the world?
An apple is all of the above, but let’s talk about the food facts and health benefits of this sweet edible fruit today — and we will provide you with recipes at the end.
Did you know that there are approximately 7,500 different apple varieties grown all over the world? And of these, an estimated 2,500 are cultivated in the United States.
Apples don’t only need to be eaten raw. Because they are one of the most popular fruits in existence, they are delicious in recipes for roasts, sauces, and desserts, to mention a few. They are simple to carry with you for a quick snack and easy to pack in a lunch box. When you’re trying to become healthy, eating an apple is a great way to feel like you’re cheating while you’re doing it.
We hear that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The doctor stays away because this pure fruit has so many proven health benefits. Here are just a few health benefits – we’re sure you will find several of these that can help in your journey to wellness:
- Reduces your risk of cancer and diabetes – you can decrease your risk of severe health issues by including apples in your diet because an apple is as good as a natural supplement for your body. Almost all the vitamins and minerals your body needs can be found right in a single apple. Since apples contain virtually no sugar or fat, they’re among the best diabetic-friendly snacks to have if you need to make changes in your lifestyle.
- Low in calories, salt, fat, and cholesterol – which is what makes an apple a perfect filler to bulk up dishes without putting a load of calories and heart disease-causing enemies into your diet.
- Boosts your metabolism – your metabolism regulates the way your body processes food; it’s in charge of the speed at which your body converts the food you eat into fuel for the body. You should find small, healthy ways to speed up your metabolism to lose weight and burn fat. Eating apples as part of your daily routine will help to kick start this process!
- Cleans your teeth – yes, it’s true! The crunchy texture of apples helps scrub much of the bacteria off your teeth with less harm than a toothbrush.
- High in fiber – a high-fiber diet is one of the best ways to cleanse your body. Keeping your body regular is the best way to rid it of toxins. Eating a high-fiber diet will ensure that your body moves waste through painlessly.
All parts of the apple, except for the seeds, are edible, including the skin. Apples are often eaten raw, but the core contains the seeds and is usually not eaten and is discarded.
Apples are so versatile. They can be juiced, eaten raw in salads, baked, cooked in sauces and spreads, preserved, canned, dried and frozen.
Have you ever thought about growing an apple tree? You can grow a tree right from the apple seeds from an apple that you eat. Read more at GardenSeason.com, How to Grow Apples.
Talking about apples gives us a great opportunity to not only talk about apples’ health benefits but also to provide you with delicious anti-inflammatory recipes. Enjoy these recipes from The Official Anti-Inflammatory Diet Masterclass in good health!
Eating an apple a day is believed to keep the doctor away, but trying some Apple Slaw might actually have you craving an apple every day. This slaw is packed with nourishing cabbage, crunchy carrots, sweet red bell peppers, green onions, and crispy red and Granny Smith apples. The creamy, sweet dressing makes it even more delicious and satisfying. Give it a try and feel great!
- 3 cups slaw mix or chopped cabbage
- 1 carrot grated (if not using slaw mix)
- 1 red apple unpeeled, cored and chopped
- 1 Granny Smith apple unpeeled, cored and chopped
- ½ cup red or yellow bell pepper finely chopped
- 2 green onions finely chopped (or finely chopped red onion)
- ⅓ cup Greek or coconut yogurt
- ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar or Stevia to taste
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Combine the cabbage, carrot, apples, bell pepper and onion in a large bowl.
- Mix the yogurt, sugar or Stevia, and lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Pour the dressing over the slaw and serve. Or refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend and serve.
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