September brings us to the beginning of Autumn, with leaves changing color on the trees and temperatures cooling down a few degrees. September is National Apple Month and there is no better way to celebrate than to go and pick apples with family and friends to bring home to enjoy fresh. There are so many different types of apples such as Gala, Macintosh, Honeycrisp, and Granny Smith just to name a few.
Apples are a common fruit that could be added into a simple lunch to make all the difference. (http://usapple.org/the-industry/apple-varieties/)
The common phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” stems from the many health benefits that apples are known to have. Some studies have shown that consumption of apples can decrease the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, help with asthma, and weight loss. In Iowa, 35,000 women were studied to show the effects that apple consumption has on coronary arteries. It was found that women who consumed more apples has a decreased chance of dying from a coronary artery disease. This is explained by apples containing catechin and epicatechin in which are both nutrients to have shown promoting healthy coronary arteries. Some teas have these nutrients as well, but apples have more of an abundance. Apples also have flavonoids and antioxidants which promote immunity and a healthy circulatory system. (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/621746)
Another study was done in Hawaii, with a sample size of 582 patients, test the relationship between having lung cancer and apple consumption. The study correlated that the patients who consumed apples on a daily basis had 40-50% less chance of developing lung cancer. Both of these studies show that apples have an impact on long term health benefits. (https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-3-5/)