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An apple a day may not actually keep the doctor away, but it will offer some impressive health benefits! Apples contain antioxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber, and a range of other nutrients that taste great and will keep you feeling full and satisfied.

The CDC states “Using more fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, lean meats, nuts, and beans, is a safe and healthy way to lose or maintain weight. In addition, diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.”

Adding apples to your diet may also fight off Alzheimer’s disease, decrease your risk of diabetes, reduce cholesterol, and even improve the health of your teeth!  Cornell University researchers suggest apple peel compounds may slow the growth of cancer cells in the liver, colon, and breast.

There are more than 7,500 different varieties of apples grown in the world, with over 2,500 known varieties grown in the United States. In the U.S., the most popular varieties are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. In Ohio, there are about 40 known varieties of apples grown, and some are Ohio originals! Each variety has a unique appearance, flavor and texture.

October is National Farm to School month and celebration of the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch – a wonderful time to crunch into an Ohio grown apple.

The Great Apple Crunch celebrates Ohio farmers, healthy kids, and strong communities! Participants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio will buy, serve, and crunch into locally grown apples together at noon on Thursday, October 8, 2020. Visit  www.cias.wisc.edu/applecrunch to learn more and register to participate in this fun event.

Sources

Selecting, Storing and Serving Ohio Apples, Julie Kennel Shertzer, February, 10, 2010, Ohio State University Extension  https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/HYG-5507

What to Know About Apples, Yvette Brazier, December 18, 2019, Medical News Today

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267290

How to Use Fruits and Vegetable to Help Manage Your Weight, August 17, 2020, Center for Disease Control

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/fruits_vegetables.html

13 Surprising Health Benefits of Apples That’ll Have You Eating One (or More) a Day, September 14, 2020, Reader’s Digest Best Health, https://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/health-benefits-apples/

Written by: Heather Reister, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, OSU Extension Butler County

Reviewed by: Jenny Lobb,  Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, OSU Extension Franklin County

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October is celebrated as the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch month, an opportunity to promote both local foods and healthy snacks. The Apple Crunch encourages schools, clubs, or employers to choose a day in October and serve fresh local apples. In southern Ohio many of our schools have already, or will be, participating in the Apple Crunch by serving apples from our local orchards. children grabbing apples

Apples are a healthy snack which provides both soluble and insoluble fiber in one food. Soluble fiber helps to prevent cholesterol buildup, reducing the risk of heart disease; and insoluble fiber helps move food through your digestive system. The Vitamin C in apples is an antioxidant; important for skin, bones and healing. Vitamin A, also in apples, plays a role in vision, bone growth, and our immune system. A small to medium apple is a low-calorie snack with only 75 to 80 calories per apple. Apples are also fat, sodium, and gluten free.

Select firm apples that are free of decay, bruises, broken or shriveled skin with an intact stem. Store apples in the refrigerator in a perforated, plastic bag away from other fruits. Apples produce ethylene with may cause other fruits to prematurely ripen. Use within three weeks. Before serving wash under running water.

fresh applesWith over 7,500 varieties of apples it may be hard to decide which apple to select. Each variety has different qualities, think about how you plan to use the apples to help you in the selection process. Apples can be sweet, tart, soft and smooth or crisp and crunchy. Some varieties are perfect for baking, others work better in salads, and some are best for eating fresh – like those we will select for the “Great Apple Crunch”. For example, Jonathans are tart and great for baking. Galas (my personal favorite) are sweet and good for eating or salads. Granny Smith apples are tart and great for baking. The Ohio Apple website has a great guide to provide information about varieties, their taste, and what they are best used for. Go to http://ohioapples.com  to find out more. Apples fortunately have a great shelf life and can be used in numerous ways when cooking – think salads, cake, muffins or bread, in pancakes, sandwiches, oatmeal, or hot in chili, stuffing, or with sweet potatoes or squash. Apples are a very versatile fruit. The USDA What’s Cooking Mixing Bowl has over 140 recipes that are economical and most are healthy, find them at http://go.osu.edu/applerecipes .

If you have the chance, select locally grown apples to have optimum flavor, prevent loss of nutrients, support the local economy, promote a safe food supply, and know where your food was grown. If you would like to join the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch purchase local apples, possibly from an orchard or your local Farmers Market, and eat them as a snack or with a meal. Apples are inexpensive to serve as part a program with youth at a school or in a club, or as a treat at your next staff conference. Consider bringing along an apple an apple slicer/corer – as some people find it difficult to eat the skin of an apple (especially young children who may not have their front teeth.) Post your own photos on social media showing your students, co-workers, or family members crunching apples in October and use the hashtag #GreatAppleCrunch or #OhioAppleCrunch. Feel free to email me your apple crunch pictures to Lisa at barlage.7@osu.edu.

Writer: Lisa Barlage, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Ross County, barlage.7@osu.edu.

Reviewer:  Pat Brinkman, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Oho State University  Extension Fayette County, brinkman.93@osu.edu

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