Due to their popularity, apples continue to take up more space in the produce aisles of grocery stores. The cliché “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has its foundation in fact as these fruits are the source of good nutrition for those of any age, but maybe especially for older adults.
Some of the benefits* provided by apples (one a day for most adults; two a day is better):
- Lower cholesterol
- Improved bowel function
- Possible reduced risk of stroke, prostate cancer, lung cancer, type II diabetes and asthma
- Weight loss
- And early results from a test study done on older animals show that consumption of apple products MAY help maintain mental dexterity and curb memory loss. *source: www.bestapples.com/healthy/index.html
So the next time you’re out food shopping, pick up some favorites like Red and Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Fuji to give yourself some whole body nutrition. Or go a little wild and try a new-to-you variety like Braeburns, Jonagolds, Cripps Pinks and Cameos. (I also read recently that the pre-sliced apples available in most stores haven’t lost any of their nutrition so they are a good way to satisfy the daily requirement.
To learn more about all of these apple varieties, visit http://www.bestapples.com/varieties/index.html.