Let’s Crunch Through October

Now that Fall has officially arrived many people are enjoying the fruits of the harvest that includes apples. Families are out picking apples, stopping at local stands, and enjoy Fall festivals with candy apples, but there are more health benefits to apples than many realize. Read on to learn more about them, as well as ways to pair them with other foods to maximize health benefits.

Healthy Tip Tuesday is brought to you in partnership with Trinity Health Systems.

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

People have been saying this for years to try to encourage others to eat more fruits, and while it may not be wholly true there are many benefits to eating apples.

They are rich in:
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins
  • Dietary fiber
Provides benefits to the:
  • Skin
  • Teeth
  • Colon
  • Liver
Decreases the risk of:
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • High Cholesterol

The CDC states “Using more fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, lean meats, nuts, and beans, is a safe and healthy way to lose or maintain weight. In addition, diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.”

There are more than 7,500 different varieties of apples grown in the world, with over 2,500 known varieties grown in the United States. In the U.S., the most popular varieties are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. In Ohio, there are about 40 known varieties of apples grown, and some are Ohio originals! Each variety has a unique appearance, flavor, and texture.

October is National Farm to School month and celebration of the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch – a wonderful time to crunch into an Ohio grown apple.

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