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How bout them apples?

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We all heard this as kids. Since the word superfood wasn’t at the tips of everyone’s tongues back then, apples are often called “the first powerfood.” What makes this true?

First and foremost, apples are an incredible source of soluble fiber. We need soluble and insoluble fiber in our everyday diets. Read more about why soluble fiber is so important here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/insoluble-soluble-fiber.

Apples are low in calories and contain no fat or sodium. This makes them a welcome addition to any healthy lifestyle. What makes apples so nutritionally beneficial is the combination of vitamins and minerals working together. These include: vitamins A, C, E, and K, copper, potassium, chromium, phosphorus, and manganese.

All of that is great, but here’s the really cool part. Much of recent research on apples has been geared towards the polyphenols they contain. Polyphenols are antioxidant phytochemicals that play an important role in maintaining your health and wellness. The polyphenols specifically in apples have been shown to prevent spikes in blood sugar and can extend life span in various species by 12%! They have been shown to delay the onset of age-related disorders, help reduce chronic illness, boost immune response, repair cell damage, and help kill cancer cells. Incredible! For the most antioxidants in every bite, make sure to grab a red variety.