Tuesday, September 2, 2008

An Apple a Day

As summer winds down local apple orchards are brimming with crunchy-sweet appley goodness. New crop apples at People’s include:

Gala – Crisp, striped red color and a snappy sweet flavor.

Red Delicious – Medium crisp, juicy, mildly sweet.

Gold Delicious - Medium crisp, juicy, sweet.

McIntosh - Crisp, juicy, tart, highly aromatic.

While there are many foods that aid in a healthy diet, apples are certainly a fruit that you’ll want to add to your shopping list. Apples are portable making them great for snacking on the go, low in calories, and a natural mouth freshener! As a source of soluble fiber, apples may help to prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Additionally, the insoluble fiber in apples provides bulk in the intestinal tract—holding water to cleanse and move food efficiently through the digestive system.
Forget the peeler; it’s best to apples with the skin on as nearly half of the vitamin C in an apple is just beneath the skin. Eating your apple unpeeled also increases your intake of insoluble fiber.