Apples

There are tons and tons of sources out there telling us how good apples are for our diets. I could simply sum it up and say Apples = Good = Long Life. But here are some details.

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Apples are easy. They're great raw, they're great cooked, they're readily available, and come in a ton of different varieties. I love chopping them up and freezing them for a quick add to a smoothie, or chopping them up and adding them to a salad for a bit of sweet crunch. 

Polyphenols

Polyphenols are micronutrients that help prevent degenerative diseases. Recent research has shown that apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in blood sugar through a variety of mechanisms. The enzymes in apples help breakdown complex carbs into simple sugars which then leave your blood sugar with fewer simple sugars to deal with. The polyphenols in apples also act as antioxidants and have a unique mix of polyphenols that help lower cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory effects. Apples have anti-cancer benefits and anti-asthma benefits. Apples can improve your neurological health because of their antioxidant called "quercetin" which reduces cellular death caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons.

Cancer Fighters

Here's a great short video from Dr. Michael Gregor discussing why apples are great cancer fighters. Spoiler - eat your apple peels!