It’s apple season! Those of us living in BC are so lucky to share our home with the many many varieties of apples that are grown here. Apples have become such a common food in North America that their unique qualities and health benefits have come to fly under the radar. I’m here to remind you of benefits of this amazing fruit!
Apples contain a long list of phytonutrients that function as antioxidants and support our heart health and prevent free-radical damage. To take full advantage of these powerful plant nutrients, leave the skin on your apples! Apples also contain a high percentage of fibre, both soluble and insoluble, and combination that both keeps us regular and lowers LDL (the “bad” cholesterol). Many studies have suggested that apples are specifically preventative of certain types of cancer, including breast, colon and lung. In fact, apples have stood out amongst other fruits when it comes to general support of lung function and lung health. For those of you with asthma or related symptoms, this fruit can have some protective functions.
Despite these amazing properties, there is a down-side to apples. When grown non-organically, farmers spray 25 types of pesticides on growing apples, making them the most heavily sprayed factory farmed fruit in North America. The good news is there’s a simple solution: buy organic apples. There you have it, you can have your apple and eat it too.
What’s your favourite type of apple? If you’re not sure, visit this year’s apple festival at UBC and choose from over 60 varieties http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/events/applefest.php.