Fresh Thoughts: An Apple a Day

By Sara Scheler

October 16, 2013

It turns out that apples are just as healthy as they say.

Apples keep you full for a long time because they contain fiber. They also have a lot of water, which means they are relatively low in calories (around 100 calories in a medium apple.)

They can even help you lose weight! In a study conducted by the University of Iowa, apples increased the muscle mass and metabolism of the mice that were tested on.

In addition to the study, The BBC reports that the antioxidants in apples help improve lung function.

They also have a healthy dose of Vitamin C, perfect for the imminent cold season.

Finally, apples may increase your memory, according to a 2004 study from Cornell University. Apples are rich in quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cells from tissue destroying oxidative stress.

Quercetin is found mostly in the skin of apples with red apples containing the most quercetin. If you’re concerned about memory loss and other degenerative brain diseases or just want to protect and even boost your memory, organic apples should be on your shopping list so stash a few in your backpack for those late-night study sessions.

Did you also know that according to the Huffington Post, there are 2,450 different kinds of apples in the U.S.? Visit a local farmers’ market or a large grocery store and try some of the many unique varieties available.

Do you have a question about food or nutrition? Email me and it might show up in the next issue!