Apples have gotten a great rap over the years. They even have their own catch phrase thanks to the Welsh proverb, “ An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But do these sweet fruits really live up to the hype? You bet they do. Feel free to keep snacking on apples and peanut butter because you can rest assured it’s a healthy food. While these simple red and green spheres may not be the first things to come to mind when superfoods are mentioned, they can definitely carry their own weight in the health department.
How Apples Are a Healthy Food
Health is skin deep
You will find fiber and antioxidants in apple skin, so put the peeler down. Many people prefer to peel the apple skin for fear of exposure to pesticides, but as long as you’re washing fruits and vegetables before eating them, you should be fine.
If you don’t like the apple skin and you’re looking for healthy food to lose weight, toss it in the blender with some spinach, almond butter, and fat-free milk. You’ll be so deep in smoothie goodness you’ll be none the wiser about the apple skin. In addition to fiber, these babies are also full of the following nutrients:
- Vitamin C
- Riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6
- Dietary fiber
- Phosphorus, calcium, and potassium
Health benefits of apples
If apples are such a nutrient-dense healthy food that they’re putting doctors out of business, there should be some pretty awesome health benefits, right? Right. Although you should still keep up with yearly medical exams to make sure you’re in tip-top shape, apples are a healthy food for both kids and adults who want to enjoy some of the following health benefits:
- Improved neurological health
- Obesity prevention
- Lowered risk of diabetes
- Reduced stroke risk
- Dementia deterrent
- Higher good cholesterol
When snacking on apples, pair them with other healthy food items. You can make any superfood an unhealthy food if you add too much sugar, oil, or bake it into a pie. Next time you’re packing lunch, opt for some almond butter, natural peanut butter, or a bit of dark chocolate.
If You’re Eating an Apple a Day, But Your Health Still Strays
Even if you’re packing your meals with healthy food, your health can still be at risk. Use our online QuickPass service to make your appointment or call us at 702-852-2000 for your yearly check up to make sure you’re starting the New Year off healthy.