Dear readers,

Apples are a classic, and the saying isn’t all a myth. Apples are packed with nutrients so they can actually keep you out of the doctor’s office longer.

Color matters

Apple of all colors contain important vitamins and fiber. But color can change the amount of each.

Red apples tend to be sweeter than the others. This means that the sugar content is slightly higher than green and yellow apples.

Yellow apples aren’t the most popular, and the least nutritious. The pale skin holds less nutrients compared to those found in the vibrancy if the red and green ones.

Green apples are my personal favorite. They are crunchy and tart. Green apples have slightly less nutrients than the red ones, but they are lower in sugar. Go for green if you are looking for the high fiber and low sugar.

Key nutrients

Apples are packed with nutrients. They are a great source of vitamin C and potassium.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It also aids in immune boosting, heart health, blood glucose maintenance, reduction of chronic disease, iron absorption.

Some argue that vitamin C can also prevent and treat cancer, though this has not been proven.

Potassium is a very important nutrient. It can help to reduce high blood pressure, prevent strokes and kidney stones, and it helps to improve memory. Potassium is also necessary to keep your heart beating normally.

Potassium deficiency is relatively common in Americans. The symptoms of low potassium include muscle weakness, fatigue and heart palpitations.

Easy snack

It isn’t very hard to eat an apple a day. I like to pair apple slices with plain yogurt and cinnamon. Peanut butter is also a popular choice.

Make sure to keep the skin on the apple for the most nutrient benefits.

Spice it up

If you think that apples are too boring to eat often, try spicing them up. My favorite apple recipe is my apple pie oatmeal.

You could also try savory apple dishes to change it up a bit. Apples pair nicely with sharp cheese and smoked meats.