When it comes to favorite fruit, apples are king. According to a study, published in the journal Pediatrics, apples make up for almost 20 percent of a child's total fruit intake for the day.
The survey, which examined children's daily fruit consumption, found that apples were the most popular fruit of choice—by far. And for good reason.
"Fiber-rich apples also offer a healthy, filling snack for under 100 calories," says Lisa Moskovitz, RD. "The fiber promotes satiety because it is difficult to digest and therefore it stays in your stomach, keeping you fuller on a fewer calories for a longer period of time."
That’s not all. You can also count apples as one of your go-to sources for a healthy heart. "One medium-sized apple packs in up to four grams of fiber," Moskovitz adds. "Studies show that pectin, a type of soluble fiber naturally found in apples, blocks absorption of cholesterol to help lower bad LDL cholesterol in the body."
Let’s not forget its antioxidant powers either. "Antioxidants and vitamin C, which are also found in apples, help boost immunity and anthocyanins," says Moskovitz. "[It’s] yet another powerful antioxidant that may help fight against developing Type 2 Diabetes."
It’s safe to say that the "apple a day" saying has held up through the years—for kids and adults alike. If you’re not already snacking on this powerhouse fruit, here are five recipes that’ll help you get your daily fill of the fresh, in-season rockstar.