(These tips brought to you by D.C. Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corner Stores)

You’ve heard the old adage: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We all know we should eat more fruit. But why apples?

With many varieties to choose from, apples are always a great idea for a go-to snack (especially when combined with a protein such as peanut butter)!

Apples are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Just one contains more fiber than you’ll get in a head of lettuce. Just keep in mind that much of the fiber comes from the peel, which is why it’s a good idea to eat apples with their skin. Soluble fiber helps prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. The insoluble fiber in apples is what keeps you feeling full, plus it holds water that cleanses the digestive system.

FUN FACT: The average person eats 65 apples a year!

LATEST RESEARCH: Apples are an easy fruit to munch on before a meal if you’re looking for a way to reduce your calorie intake. A recent Pennsylvania State University study offered men and women apples to eat before lunch. Participants who ate the apples consumed 187 fewer calories than those who ate nothing before the meal.

The fruit may also cut your risk of heart disease. A new study found that for every 10 grams of fiber consumed per day, the risk of developing heart disease decreased 14% and the risk of dying from heart disease decreased 27%! Fiber from fruits, such as apples, appeared to be more protective than cereal fiber.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH:

Recipe of the Month: Crunchy Apple Stir-fry

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