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Source: Fall 2010 Country Minute Newsletter

An Apple a Day Can Do More than Keep the Doctor Away

Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Macintosh and Gala are just a few favorite apple varieties that dominate Michigan and Wisconsin orchards. Fall is one of the best times to enjoy fresh apples or other products made with this abundant fruit. Crisp, tasty, and handy, apples not only provide satisfaction for your taste buds, but also offer several health benefits. Apples are rich in antioxidants, loaded with flavonoids, and conveniently provide many lifestyle enhancements.

Reduce risk of heart disease:
Naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free, and rich in fiber, apples help to lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Reduce cancer risk:
Experts believe that chemicals and nutrients found in apples may fight cancer and prevent or slow the growth of certain cancerous cells.

Reduce high blood pressure:
Apples are naturally sodium free and may reduce the risk of high blood pressure or the development of hypertension.

Aid in weight loss:
The fiber in apples helps to fill you up faster so you eat less and feel fuller longer. A tennis ball-sized apple is only about 80 calories and can be a satisfying snack.

Brightens your smile:
An apple’s rough fibrous texture and natural tannins can act as nature’s toothbrush keeping teeth clean and helping to remove stains over time.

Maintains energy:
Apples can help maintain blood sugar levels and act like an energy time-release machine. Their soluble fibers cause natural sugars to be released more slowly and evenly, preventing peaks and valleys in blood sugar.

Aside from providing undeniable health benefits, apples are also important from an economical and cultural standpoint. Apples are one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops in Michigan and Wisconsin. Taking the family to visit an apple orchard or farmers market is a great way to support local agriculture and load up on tasty, healthy treats.