Apples rippen in autumn

Apples ripen in autumn

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I love the colors, the hot days and cold nights. For many who have gardens or farms, it is a time of hard work. Harvesting day and night, or canning your crop.

Some people who have SAD (seasonal affective disorder) experience more problems in the autumn because of the shortening of the days…but not me. I love autumn.

Today, I am going to talk about apples. What exactly do apples have that is good for your body and brain?

Thomas Shea, lead researcher and a professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell says that the synergistic effect of the combination of super-antioxidants called quercetins and catechins helps protect our cells from oxidative damage.

A study at the University of California at Davis showed that eating apples appears to lower the risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and asthma.

Mice who drank an unlimited amount of apple juice showed a significant increase in memory.

Apples are also full of fiber. Twice as much as peaches, grapes and grapefruit. If you are doing the Weight Watchers plan like I am, you want to eat the foods with more fiber because they are lower in points. The Weight Watchers website says of apples, ” One average-sized apple has about four grams of fiber in it, as much as a serving of many whole-grain cereals. They also contain pectin, which may help to lower cholesterol and make you feel full longer. Medium-sized apples have about 80 calories each.”

Research has shown that people who ate one apple a day lost more weight than people who did not eat an apple a day.

So go ahead, when you are feeling hungry reach for an apple. If you still want a little treat,  cut them up and measure out a very small amount of peanut butter or cheese to eat with it. You will end up feeling full, get the fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Remember to eat your apple raw, and eat the peels to get the most benefit.

Not all apples are created equal. Here is a link to the vitamin C content of different varies of apples from

For more information read Always in Season, An Apple a Day on the website.