In 2016 Be Sure To Eat An Apple Every Day

There are many fruits and vegetables available. And, we all know that we need to be eating more of them. Today we wanted to take a look at apples. We all know the phrase an apple a day keeps the doctor away but did you know the apple facts below?

1. Fighting bad breath. Apples contain pectin, which helps control food odors. Pectin also promotes saliva, which cleanses breath.

2. Preventing asthma attacks. Asthma sufferers often have low levels of antioxidants. Apples are high in vitamin C and flavonoids (beneficial, water-soluble plant pigments). Both are antioxidant. One study found that vitamin C supplements helped protect against exercise-induced asthma.

3. Reducing the risk of stroke. A study involving 9,208 men and women showed that those who ate the most apples over a 28-year period had the lowest risk for stroke. Researchers concluded that the results suggest the intake of apples is related to a decreased risk of thrombotic stroke.

4. Preventing constipation. Fresh apples are high in fiber, which adds bulk to the stool. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, or roughage.

5. Combating fatigue. The high vitamin C and antioxidant content in apples counter the free radicals leading to oxidative stress, which has been linked to fatigue.

You can see the entire article here. There’s no question apples are great for you and with all the different varieties that are available, you’re sure to find a couple of varieties that you love. You’ll be treating yourself to a great snack and helping your body as well.

Popular Goodies at the Farmers Market

We were doing an internal poll around here thinking about what fresh foods we were looking forward to buying once the farmers market opens up soon. Below is an overview of a few of the top picks among our group of hungry eaters.

Strawberries, blueberries, okra, corn, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, red onions, cantaloupe, kale, beans, cabbage, cucumbers, collards, bananas, spinach, peaches, pecans, butternut squash, tomatoes including cherry, grape, roma, and slicing, turnips, and watermelon.