October is National Apple Month

October 20, 2004 in In Season & Other Fresh Foods

October is National Apple Month

Enjoying an apple a day may keep the doctor away.

A crunchy, sweet, medium-sized apple with the peel on has about 4 grams of dietary fiber in just 80 calories. The mostly soluble fiber may help lower blood cholesterol levels by binding to fatty substances in the gut and promoting their excretion. Apple peels are loaded with quercetin, a powerful antioxidant, which may reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells, and help promote heart health by protecting your blood vessels from fatty deposits. Tannins in apple juice may help keep your gums healthy.

That's a lot of great stuff in one small round package. To celebrate National Apple Month get active with your apples.

  • Toss in some apple crunch: Add chopped sweet red or tart green apple to a garden or chicken salad or tuna salad sandwich.
  • Tuck in an apple: Pack a whole apple, dried apple slices or canned apple juice in your briefcase or backpack.
  • Spread chunky applesauce on your morning French toast, pancakes or waffles instead of syrup.

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