Eating with the Season: Apples
Fruits and vegetables taste best and cost less when they are in season. There is also less storage and transport time involved therefore nutrient content of the produce remains high. Check this ISU Extension site for Find a Farm: www.visitiowafarms.org/find_a_farm/. This site includes information on U Pick, Specialty Products or Crops and Farmer’s Markets in Iowa.
October is apple picking time in Iowa. You’ve heard, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away.” While it will certainly take more than a daily apple to keep you healthy, it is a step in the right direction. Apples are delicious, easy to carry for snacking, low in calories, locally available and inexpensive.
A medium apple contains approximately 80 calories and 5 grams of fiber. Apples contain soluble fiber, which helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart disease. This fiber also provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system. Studies show that high intakes of quercetin, a nutrient found in apples, is associated not only with a reduction in lung cancer risk but also with a reduction in the risk of asthma and diabetes.
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