Wednesday, November 24

SNACK TIME "a" is for apples

A is for "Apples," one of the most popular, flavorful and healthful fruit grown in the world. Do you have a favorite fruit?  Three-fourths of Americans name apples as their favorite fruit to snack on.

The state of Washington is the largest grower followed by New York, Michigan, California and many other states producing about 2500 varieties.

Do you have a favorite variety? I love Fuji and Honey Crisp.   Most popular in the US include red delicious (a Fairmont favorite), Golden Delicious, Fuji, Granny Smith, Rome, McIntosh, Gala, and Jonathon. Which one is your favorite?

Does an apple-a-day really keep the doctor away?  Maybe. In addition to vitamins and mineral, apples are a rich source of pectin, a type of fiber with a number of protective health benefits including acting as an antioxidant, and lowering risk for colon cancer, high blood pressure and gall stones. Apples are also high in flavonoids, another compound with heart health benefits.

So whether you eat apples for their health benefits or just because they taste good consider eating apples in your daily snack routine!

(Photo by Boston Finds)

Contributed by Leslie K. Kay, MS, RD, Nutrition Management

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