For those of us in Western North Carolina, fall means apples. And like the old adage says, an apple a day can help to keep the doctor away. A diet rich in apples has been associated with a host of health benefits, including weight loss, improved lung function, lower risk of stroke, cancer and heart disease. Here are our top 5 health reasons to enjoy a bountiful apple harvest.
- Apples are a great diet food. Apples have a high water and fiber content, meaning that you’ll feel full longer, with relatively few (about 95) calories. Their natural sweetness makes them a great snack when cravings hit.
- Apples may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. An Iowa Women’s Health Study reported that apples were associated with a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Finnish researchers found that frequent apple eaters had
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