Health Benefits of Apples

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Gala Apples for Pick Your Own at Parlee Farms‘Pick your own apples’ season is well underway here at Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, MA. We know that our apples are delicious eaten straight off the tree and they are also wonderful when used for baking. There are also plenty of health benefits associated with apples! We all have heard the popular saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and as it turns out, the saying is true. Here are some health benefits of this delicious fruit:

They’re Good for You

Apples are not only delicious, but they are also highly nutritious. They are low in calories, have a good amount of fiber, and their own natural sweetness. They are also good sources of potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and also contain smaller amounts of manganese, B-vitamins, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E.

Aids in Weight Loss

There have been studies that have shown that apples may help assist with weight loss. Not only is it a delicious and satisfying fruit that is low in calories, but it seems that there might be other reasons why apples can help facilitate weight loss, such as its fiber content. In this study, for example, fifty overweight women added the fruit to their diets and it sped up their weight loss success.

Encourages Heart Health

Besides all the vitamins and minerals that are present in apples, this fruit also contains polyphenols, which are micronutrients that act as an antioxidant. It is because of these polyphenols that apples are known for helping to keep the heart healthy.

Decreases Risk of Diabetes

Did you know that apples have also been associated with lowering the risk of diabetes? There have been several studies that have shown this, and experts believe that this is also due to the high levels of polyphenols that are present in apples. These polyphenols may help the body better produce insulin, which can help prevent this Type II diabetes from developing in the body.

In order to get the full health benefits of apples, you might want to consider eating them fresh picked. Do you want to pick your own? Check our website for current conditions of our orchards and for our hours.

 

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