Apples: A Fall Favorite With Health Benefits
Before pumpkin spice season, the apple was the ruler of fall dishes. This long-time fall favorite shows up in a ton of recipes this time of year from applesauce and apple pies to caramel apples and apple cider.
With over 2,500 varieties of apples available, these beauties are the number one fruit consumed in the U.S.
Even better? Apples are a great snack because they contain no salt, trans fat, cholesterol or preservatives while containing a lot of good nutrients such as vitamin c.
They also are a good source of pectin, a fiber found to lower blood fats. These fibers, both soluble and insoluble, are abundant in apples and not only keep you full longer, but have the ability to lower your cholesterol level when eaten regularly. One apple contains more fiber than your average bowl of bran flakes. This fiber content and the unique carbohydrate combination have been found to help stabilize blood glucose levels as well.
But remember to eat the peel – that is where 75 percent of an apple’s fiber is located as well as antioxidants that are found to help prevent certain cancers.
Here is a recipe from Hy-Vee Dietitian Kristin Sousek to get you going:
- 1 1/3 cups peeled, cored and diced apple
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons apricot preserves
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all ingredients, chill and serve with cinnamon pita chips.