An Apple a Day…

Little Boy Picking an Apple from an Apple Tree - An Apple a Day...

With the arrival of fall comes cooler weather. The leaves are changing color and the opportunity for a fun day of apple picking. It’s a healthy outdoor activity everyone can enjoy.  Nearby orchards, like the ones in Oak Glen and Yucaipa, make the annual fall festivity readily accessible. The benefits to those who take part in the festival are endless.

Apple picking is an inexpensive, family-friendly activity

This activity is suitable for all ages and gets you out of the house. While it also provides an opportunity to interact with both Mother Nature. Just like sunshine and fresh air, socializing with others has been shown to help improve a person’s mood. It can boost brain health and even lead to longer expected lifespans.

Furthermore, that doesn’t even factor in the health benefits of the apples themselves. While the old saying of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may be a bit simplistic.  Thus, the nutrients an apple provide can play a key part in leading a healthy lifestyle.

Apples are a good source of vitamins and minerals

Apples have a low glycemic index. Research has shown their fiber contents can help lower blood cholesterol. Additionally, apples have antioxidants that are beneficial for your health. An apple skin contains a polyphenol that’s been linked to blocking cholesterol absorption which lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In conclusion, whether you’re looking for something to do outdoors or simply want to add a nutritious snack to your diet. This activity of apple picking checks all the boxes. A stroll through a lush orchard with friends and family on a cool fall day is enticing enough, but the presence of healthy, delicious apples ripe for the picking make this activity a must try.


Naoko Nagaya, RD - Nutrition


“If you ever wonder if you’re eating behavior is well-balanced or if you have a concern about your nutrition intake, it’s not a bad idea to stop at the dietitian’s office,”

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