We all know the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” How about keeps the allergies, heart disease and cancer away? Apples are a good source of quercetin, an antioxidant that has been shown to act like an antihistamine in our bodies helping to reduce allergy symptoms. Quercetin has also been shown to lower blood pressure and possibly play a role in preventing some cancers. Most of the quercetin, as well as fiber, is in the skin or just under so eat the entire apple (minus the core) to get the most health benefits. This time of year, it’s easy with apples in full season. One caution: try to get organic apples as much as possible. They are #4 on the Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php#.WbAhdv6ouUk
Your Scary Halloween Recipe
Scary Apple Mouths
Quarter and core a red apple; brush with lemon juice. Cut out a wedge from the skin side of each piece so it looks like a mouth. Fill with peanut butter, then insert sliced almonds for "teeth."
Liz Weinandy, M.P.H., R.D.
Besides being a member of the 614Fitness community, Liz is a Registered Dietitian and staff dietitian at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. She has published numerous articles on diet and appears often on local television.