Did you know that October is designated as national Apple Month? “Why, on earth, would we give a fruit such recognition?” you may ask. Well, actually, scientific research has shown high hopes for health benefits of many kinds that we can gain from eating apples. And if an apple or two a day really will ‘keep the doctor away’ as the old saying goes, then I’d say it’s worthy of celebration!
According to the US Apple Association, research shows possible benefits for all of the following:
- Boost weight loss
- Protect against oxidative stress that can lead to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
- Lower risk of breast, pancreatic, colon, liver, prostate, and bowel cancers
- Reduce risk of metabolic syndrome
- Reduce risk of asthma in children and adults
- Reduce inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases
- Strengthen the immune system
- Increase numbers of good gut bacteria, improving intestinal health
Apples are inexpensive, tasty and are easy to grab as a fast snack with no preparation required! And this time of year, those of us in the Northeast have been enjoying a bounty of fresh apples from local orchards. On my agenda this week – making homemade applesauce with my lovely daughters using the big bag of Cortland apples we got at a local orchard last weekend. Nothing compares to a batch of warm, homemade applesauce on a chilly October day…
For more information about the benefits of apples and citations for the research, go here.
To your health,