Just in time for another hot summer, U.S. Apple Association (USApple) has mixed up Apple Ginger Chillers, a simple and refreshing mock-tail that tingles the taste buds with a delicious trio of apple cider, ginger beer and vanilla bean syrup ingredients. Apples truly are the superfruit for everyone. The health benefits of apples and apple products were first recorded as early as medieval times and “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” still holds true. Research has verified this statement and recent studies have linked apples/apple products to helping with everything from weight loss to different types of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even asthma. Some of the most recent studies on apples and apple products have linked apples with improving the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and possibly decreasing your risk for developing it as well as improved immunity and gut health due to the pectin (soluble fiber) found in the apples peel. Even though it’s summer, don’t every forget about amazing apples!
I know it’s my second apple related post this week, but my kids and I have been so into apples lately. We all have been craving a warm apple pie so I love this Apple Pie recipe from my friend, Rosemary. This was SO good! My youngest son, Zachary, said it was “spectacular”. This Apple Pie recipe is super easy too and lighter than most, and it’s great with or without a scoop of ice cream. See why to eat more apples in my post on the Health Benefits of Apples. Have a great rest of your week 🙂
Do apples make you skinny? That’s what I have heard from some time. Whether they do or not, apples are in abundance right now, and I love cooking and eating them. My daughter, Leigh, fractured her foot last week at dance (this is the 3rd fracture she has had in a year-ughhh). I told her yesterday, “Maybe you should start eating apples since they are good for bone health”, and it made me think of writing this post on the 7 Health Benefits of Eating Apples:
1. Apples make you feel full (or skinny?)-I heard that apples can make you skinny, but perhaps it’s the fiber in an apple that keeps you feeling full longer. There are about 95 calories in a medium-sized apple, and they take our bodies longer to digest since they are made with complex fiber. One component of an apple’s peel is something called ursolic acid, which was been linked to a lower risk of obesity in a recent study in mice. Also, applesauce is also a great healthy substitute for baked goods. Try substituting it for half of the butter and oil in many dessert pr baked recipes.
2. Apples can lower cholesterol- Apples are one of the top fruits with plenty of pectin, a soluble fiber that reduces cholesterol. Pectin prevents cholesterol from building up in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the risk of arteriosclerosis and heart disease.
3. Apples are a good memory booster- Apples have quercetin which may protect brain cells, help improve your memory and lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s.
4. Apples help reduce blood sugar– The polyphenols in apples can influence the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and help achieve normal glucose levels.
5. Apples have anti cancer benefits- Studies have showed that apples can also help protect against colon cancer from a chemical in apples. Another in 2007 also found additional compounds, called triterpenoids, which seem to fight against liver, colon, and breast cancers.
6. Apples can protect bones-Apples contain phloridzin that is said to increase bone density and boron that strengthens bones.
7. Apples can help reduce and prevent Asthma– Studies link a higher intake of vitamin C with improved asthma. Another study, discovered adults and children who consumed apples or apple juice every day also reduced their risk of asthmatic attacks.
Also studies show that women who eat plenty of apples are less likely to have children with asthma.