1. Apples have the longest shelf life Apples will last a week and a half or more after you buy them-up to 10 days longer than soft fruits like strawberries. To make sure you buy the freshest make, choose apples from the northern hemisphere in the fall and select southern-hemisphere apples in the spring, says Mike Knowles, assistant editor of Euro fruit Magazine. Never store apples and bananas in the same bowl he says.
2. Apples help rein in cholesterol Earlier this year, Cornell University researchers found that eating one Red tasty apple a day can block LDL oxidation, resulting in an 8 percent drop in level. Bonus: Apples have soluble fiber, the kind that scrub route walls clean. Cut one up and mix it into your oatmeal, another top source.
3. Apples give you a boost on a long workout Do not sweat the types of carbohydrates you eat on a long bike ride or run. A study in the Journal of power and Conditioning Research shows that you'll get an like boost from foods whether they have a low glycolic load or a high one Lead study author Conrad Earnest, Ph.D., says that drinking only water is enough for sessions under 80 minutes, but for longer period, you should consume 20 to 45 grams of carbohydrates all 35 minutes to fuel your body.
4. Apples win on a peel They might do if your only other snack option is a Slurped and a bag of Cheats, but peeled apples are not as healthy as the whole fruit. Canadian researchers lately discovered that 78% percent of an apple's antioxidants are found in the skin. The scientists also compared total antioxidant levels in 8 different apples, and Red Delicious took top honors, with 2 times the polyphony strength of such common types as Empire, McIntosh, and Must. Buy a bag now fall is peak apple season.