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An Apple A Day

We all know how the old saying goes, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” But there is actually some truth to it. Apples are rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C and flavonoids. Antioxidants in your system help to lesson your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Apples also contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and are a great source of fiber. The fiber that apples provide may reduce intestinal disorders and may also have a cholesterol-lowering effect, which may lower the risk of some types of cancer and heart disease. A medium-sized apple has 100 calories and is filling because of the high fiber content. That’s why apples are a great, filling, low-calorie snack. McIntosh apples, particular, are red and sweet with a slightly tart taste. They are best for snacking, sauces, salads and pies. Check out this tasty, kid-friendly recipe from our Food and Nutrition Services Department.

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