Apples and PYO Pumpkins are usually available in the middle of September.
Benefits of Apples
Apples Are Nutritious – They contain Vitamin C, Potassium & Vitamin K. Apples are also a rich source of polyphenols which have antioxidant effects. Many of these are concentrated in the peel. To get the most out of apples, leave the skin on.
Apples May Be Good for Your Heart – Apples have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. One reason may be that apples contain soluble fiber — the kind that can help lower your blood cholesterol levels. One of these polyphenols is the flavonoid epicatechin, which may lower blood pressure.
Linked to a Lower Risk of Diabetes – Several studies have linked eating apples to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. In one large study, eating an apple a day was linked to a 28% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, compared to not eating any apples. Even eating just a few apples per week had a similarly protective effect.
They May Have Prebiotic Effects and Promote Good Gut Bacteria – Apples contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic. This means it feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Your small intestine doesn’t absorb fiber during digestion. Instead, it goes to your colon, where it can promote the growth of good bacteria. It also turns into other helpful compounds that circulate back through your body. New research suggests that this may be the reason behind some of the protective effects of apples against obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Apples May Be Good for Bone Health – Eating fruit is linked to higher bone density, which is a marker of bone health. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in apples may promote bone health. What’s more, eating fruit may help preserve bone mass as you age.