Super Nutrients: With fiber, vitamin C, B complex vitamins, potassium, and calcium, this fruit very well could keep you out of the doc's office. One Finnish epidemiological study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that apples are one of the main sources of dietary flavonoids (Search: What are flavanoids?) that show the strongest association with decreased mortality. Apples inhibit the spread of cancer cells, decrease lipid oxidation, and lower cholesterol, according to a review from Cornell University's Department of Food Science and Institute of Comparative and Environmental Toxicology.
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Eat Up! When it comes to apples, organic really is the way to go, since chemicals and processing can greatly affect their phytochemical content. Add fresh apples to salads, oatmeal, or pastas for an extra crunch, Gidus says. Or just eat them whole. "One of my all-time favorite snacks is apples and almond butter," she says.
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