Everyone is trying to add some kinds of vegetables, fruits, or low fat diet. It is recommended by USDA that we at least include 2 to 4 cups of fruit serving in our regular diet plan. It also varies with the amount of your calorie intake for everyday. There are many kinds of fruits that we can add in our diet, but we are specially going to talk about apples and many of its advantages.
Things to know before you buy an apple
In United States, one can find so many different varieties of apples. For example, generally in grocery store, you will see Jonathan apples, Red Delicious apples, Gala apples, Fuji apples, or Granny Smith apples etc. and the list goes on. Apples can come in different colors like various shades of red, maroon, different shades of green, pinkish, golden yellow, or mixture of two of these colors etc. Each apple has its own unique taste, smell, crispiness, and juiciness.
Mostly apples are sweet, sour, or combinations of both flavors more or less. So, you can choose accordingly your taste preference. One can also find the section for organic apples too. The differences between these apples are that they are free from any kinds of pesticide or chemicals. But, that doesn’t mean that you can only buy organic apples. You can surely buy non-organic or regular apples at grocery store, just make sure that you take some time to wash your apples thoroughly with your hands. Then, it would be ready to consume.
When you go to food market to buy fresh apples, make sure that they look and feel fresh. What you can do is touch and feel the apples for any soft part at any side, if its too soft then it wouldn’t be a great idea to buy those. The outer part should be hard not squashy. One other way to tell if the apples are in good condition or bad is to look at its color. If the apples have light or dark brown or blackish color, then it would be an ideal choice to not to touch them at first place.
If you are buying individually from the pile, then you have good chance to get good apples. At the same time, if you are buying apples which are already in a bag, then always make sure that you at least feel your apples and then get that bag. Sometimes you might get one or two apples in those bags, which are way too ripe and no longer good to eat. Buying fruits in a bulk is always a cheaper option if cost is one of the factors that affect your decision of buying food or fruits. As long as you look for these minute details, then it is perfectly ok to buy in bulk too. When you have too many apples and if you think that you would not be able to finish it in few days then it would be a good idea to refrigerate them. Especially, if the surrounding remains hot or warm. Otherwise, if the room temperature is fairly cooler then it is ok to leave it outside too.
Advantages of Eating an Apple
It is one of the old and most famous saying that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This saying is definitely 100% right if followed. Apple has immense amount of health benefits attached to it. The good thing about apple is that it is easily available in market and even easy to consume no matter where you are and what you are doing.
Apples contain vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, potassium, calcium, and iron.
Apple has mineral named boron which helps in keeping the bone healthy and strong.
It is also proven that eating an apple can help preventing tooth decay and cavities. It helps in clear out all the bacteria from your mouth and helps in keeping it germs free.
Apples have good amount of fibers, such as soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
Fibers in apple also help our digestive system, thus it helps when you are suffering from indigestions or constipation problems.
Fiber in apples aide in loosing some extra pounds from your body as well as blood pressure problems that one might have.
Fiber in apples also helps in decreasing your risk for any kinds of cancer.
According to USDA, apples have good antioxidants and two-thirds of those antioxidants are in their skin. Antioxidants help in increasing the good health.
Apples don’t have any sodium in it.
Eating apples can lesser the danger of having asthma.
Consuming enough amounts of apples can diminish the harm done by LDL cholesterol. By diminishing that bad effect, it helps to keep the heart healthy and cholesterol free.
Having apple can also help against oxidative brain damage and it helps in keeping your brain and you energetic. This kind of problem can cause the memory loss and thus one can suffer from disease like Alzheimer. So, eating apple would help in lowering the risk of Alzheimer.
Apples are low calorie fruits and it doesn’t contain any kind of fat.
These are some of the healthy and nutrition filled benefits of varieties of apples found in your grocery store. It would not only help for short term, but it will definitely help in promoting good health for long term in your life. It is always a good idea to eat apples fresh without tempering too much with it. One can buy fresh apples or apple juice which doesn’t have any artificial flavor or smell. You can also try to make apple sauce or varieties of recipes made from fresh apple at your home. Thus, including an apple in your diet would be a very wise and healthy choice to do.
Guest Writer: Nehal G
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