It's finally fall, the season that's synonymous with everything apples. People head to orchards to go apple picking, drink warm apple cider, and indulge in fresh apple pie that tastes like it was made by somebody's grandmother. And go right ahead and eat all the apples you want because that old adage, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," is pretty on point. If you're not in the know about the surprising health boosts of apples,you should be.
Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RD, LD/N, a nutrition consultant for RSP Nutrition, tells Bustle that this fall fruit has tons of other health benefits aside from keeping the doctor away.
"Apples are a source of both types of fiber (insoluble and soluble). This helps stool move through the gut and bulks stool as well. Furthermore, apples have two main phytochemicals — pectin and quercetin, which are beneficial. Pectin helps stool gel in the intestines and may help lower LDL [bad] cholesterol. Quercetin is an antioxidant that may help cells protect themselves against damaging free radicals (cell damage is linked to everything from aging to cancer)."
Basically, apples are working hard to keep you healthy, and they offer myriad benefits for every part of your body and soul.