Fall has finally arrived, which means it’s time to embrace the changing colors of the leaves, refocus our goals as the weather becomes crisp, and of course, celebrate apple season!
Crisp, sweet, refreshing, and true symbol of fall, the flavor of an apple freshly picked from a tree is one of the best things on this earth! Apples also provide our bodies with lasting energy, plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Amazingly enough, there are over 7500 varieties of apples worldwide. Some are great for eating right from the tree, others are perfect for baking, while others are praised specifically for the juice and cider they create. Here’s a list of GreenBlender’s favorite kinds of apples, along with our guide to why an apple a day… well you know.
This is the ideal apple for raw consumption. It’s sweet, crisp, and flavorful.
Apples Promote A Healthy Heart
The combination of pectin (a water-soluble fiber) and an array of polyphenols in apples help lower cholesterol. Their antioxidants work wonders in our bloodstream by preventing the oxidation of fats. This lessons our risk of heart problems.
The soft flesh of this Fall favorite makes it ideal for applesauce and apple butter.
Apples Boost Your Immune System
Apples are loaded with Vitamin C, an essential vitamin in helping ward off existing illnesses and strengthening the body’s resistance to future ones.
A cross between the Jonathan and Golden Delicious, Jonagold are beautiful hues of red and yellow. The delicate skin on this apple encapsulates its sweet, tart, juicy — yet crisp — flesh.
Apples Regulate Digestion
The insoluble fiber in apples provides bulk within the intestines. The bulk holds water, making digestion quick and cleansing. Apples not only relieve digestive ailments, but also cultivate healthy bacteria in the gut, ensuring healthy digestion for the long haul.
One of the most “tart” varieties out there (particularly when it’s in season), Granny Smith apples are available year round, and great for baking projects, and for pairing with nut butters and cheeses.
Apples Lower Bad Cholesterol
Regular consumption of apples has been linked to a significant lowering of bad cholesterol, and heightened good good cholesterol. All while keeping subjects’ weights in check.
Wonderful for baking with, this apple had a deep red exterior and a soft, sweet interior.
Apples Help Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
The polythenols in apples work to slow the absorption of carbohydrates in our body and make them break down less easily into simple sugars in our bloodstream.
The honeycrisp apple is delightfully crisp and sweet as honey, as the name suggests. It’s also got a tart kick to it that is irresistible!
Apples Keep The Dentist Away
I bet you thought we were going to say “doctor,” and although that would be a true statement, apples are also known to help prevent cavities. The pleasant act of biting into and chewing an apple stimulates saliva production and reduces cavity-producing bacteria in the mouth. Pretty cool.
Even though this apple is a combination of Granny Smith and Lady Hamilton varieties, it was actually “discovered” in New Zealand, as opposed to created by researchers. It’s another type of apple that’s great eaten raw, but it’s also good to bake with, since it tends to hold its juices better than other varieties.
Apples Fight Against Weight Gain
The fiber and polyphenols in apples have been shown to activate the good bacteria in our gut, which helps to reduce inflammation, and lower cravings. A healthy guy is where everything — from a working immune system to a smaller waist — starts!
Developed in New Zealand around the 1930s, gala apples have a thin skin that is usually a combination of red and yellow (since they’re a hybrid of the Golden Delicious variety). Sweet and juicy, these apples are great for eating fresh from the farm or grocery store.
Apples Promote Healthy Lungs
The antioxidants in apples have been known to lessen one’s risk of asthma and, as one of the leading fruits in antioxidant power, greatly reduce one’s risk of lung cancer.
This variety is a hybrid of the popular McIntosh and Red Delicious, and was released around the 1960s. When they’re in season, Empire apples are extremely crisp, making them another delicious variety to eat raw, or to include on salads (or in smoothies).
Apples Help Your Brain Stay Healthy
A few studies have linked regular apple consumption to a healthier brain. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Food Science found that apples in particular may protect “neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity,” which in turn can help fight against neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s.