UPDATE: This post originally ran September 16, 2013, but we wanted to bring it back to make sure you all got a chance to discover the benefits of this delicious fruit!
Apples are a fundamental part of fall. Going apple picking, drinking fresh apple cider, baking crisp apple chips… It all feels so right when thinking about this beautiful season. Apples are incredibly delicious, and they have many benefits — of which you may not even be aware! Today I want to share the health benefits of eating apples. But first, here’s a photo of some common apples, along with how each tastes:
Now for the benefits! Apples may…
Increase endurance. Apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which allows oxygen to reach the lungs more easily. Eat an apple before working out and see how it affects your endurance!
Whiten teeth. Apples contain malic acid, which is used in many teeth whitening products, due to its ability to dissolve stains. The next time you eat an apple, make sure to chew it thoroughly for maximum benefits – maybe even rub a little on your teeth. :)
Boost immune system. Apples are high in multiple vitamins, including vitamin C – the original immune system booster!
Satisfy cravings. Apples are naturally sweet, so they can help satisfy that afternoon cookie craving. They’re low in calories and totally fat-free, so you can feel good about eating them, too!
Fight cancer. Apples contain compounds called triterpenoids, which may fight against certain cancers like liver, breast, and colon.
Improve memory. Apples are believed to increase the production of acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter – so they may improve memory and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Get the most out of apple season and use these versatile fruits in every way you can! Some of our favorite recipes are apple spice granola, maple cinnamon apple chips, and caramel apple dipping sauce – all vegan and gluten-free!
Do you have any benefits to add to the list? Let us know!
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