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Centsable Health: Why apples may be the next "super fruit"

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Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Fareway registered dietitian Whitney Packebush tells us why apples may be the next super fruit. It's the topic of this week's Centsable Health.

Apples may be the next super fruit because they help your entire body.

Your head: improve cognition, reduce hallmark signs of Alzheimer's and improve mood

Your heart: pectin (soluble fiber) helps reduce cholesterol

Your lungs: 5 apples per week can help lower respiratory disease

Your waistline: 5 grams of fiber per apple, promotes weight management

Your colon: reduces growth of pre-cancerous and tumor cells through butyrate (a fatty acid)

Apples contain 80 calories, 5 grams of fiber, zero grams of fat, zero milligrams of sodium and zero milligrams of cholesterol in each serving.

Besides eating fresh fruit, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your "apple a day" and get your kids excited about eating them too.

Try spreading a little peanut butter on an apple. They can be added to salads, desserts, and even main dishes like stir fry. You can make homemade apple sauce by boiling 4 medium apples in ½ cup water for about 20 minutes (or until tender), add cinnamon and you're done!

To get the most out of your apples, select firm apples with no soft spots or discolorations. Apples can be stored in the fridge for up to 6 weeks; however, one bad apple will spoil the whole bunch. Ripe apples produce ethylene gas, which ripens other fruit.

Apples that are best for cooking with:

McIntosh

Jonagold

Cortland

Golden Delicious (all-purpose cooking apple)

Granny smith

Apple varieties offered at Fareway:

Jonathan

McIntosh

Jonagold

Jonamac

Cortland

Golden Delicious

Red Delicious

Gala

Granny Smith

Fuji

Braeburn

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