Nothing symbolizes the return to school like the image of an apple. Apples are one of the most popular fruits and for good reason. They're exceptionally healthy and have many research-backed benefits.

1. Apples are Nutritious

Apples are a source of manganese, copper, and the vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6. They are also a rich source of antioxidants. Apples are high in fibre and water.

2. Apples May Be Good for Your Heart

Studies have linked apples to a lower risk of heart disease. One of the reasons they help lower the risk of heart disease is believed to be because apples contain soluble fibre, the kind of fibre that has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. Apples also contain polyphenols and flavonoids. Polyphenols have been shown to have antioxidant effects and help reduce inflammation. Flavonoids may help prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure and help reduce“bad”or LDL cholesterol levels.

3. They May Have Prebiotic Effects and Promote Good Gut Bacteria

Apples contain pectin, a type of fibre that acts as a prebiotic. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria in your gut. Your small intestine doesn't absorb fibre during digestion. Instead it passes through the body and moves to your colon, where it can promote the growth of good bacteria. There are multiple ways to enjoy apples at this time of year when they are at their nutritional peak. For a list of the apple varieties grown in Ontario click here:

Denise Boyd, BSc, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RNH) with a specialization in Cognitive and Immune Support.

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