There’s nothing like biting into a nice, crisp apple. And during International Eat an Apple Day on Saturday, September 18, it’s the perfect time to crunch and savor your favorite apple whether it’s a tart Granny Smith or a sweet Honey Crisp.

It’s also a time to think about adding more apples to your diet. We’ve all heard the saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It turns out there are a lot of reasons why apples are so good for you.

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Beneficial for brain health

Apples provide about four grams of fiber, are naturally low in calories and have about 14% of your daily intake of vitamin C. They also have properties that may help with brain function.

According to, a study was done in 2014. It found that “…fruit, like apples, containing a compound called fisetin may prevent Alzheimer’s and protect against memory loss. Identified only ten years ago, fisetin has been highly praised for its ability to fight cancer and diabetes and is only now being hailed for its brain boosting powers.”

As far back as 2006, a study using mice showed that drinking apple juice may improve memory thanks to the effects it has on the decline of an essential neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine. The article on also mentions that the amount of apple juice the mice drank was “…comparable to drinking about two eight-ounce glasses of apple juice or eating two to three apples a day for humans.”

Lower heart disease, too

Medical studies that include apples range from linking white-fleshed fruit such as apples and pears to a reduced risk of stroke to the fiber in apples helping to lower cholesterol. There is also some scientific information that leads researchers to believe that apples may be linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and can help to promote good gut bacteria. This article lists these two benefits along with eight other ways apples are good for health and wellness.

While everyone should talk to their physician about their own needs and medical history, it’s safe to say that adding apples to your diet is a great way to reach your daily serving of fruits and vegetables and add to your health. Here’s a fast and easy recipe that can help you increase your apple enjoyment.

Recipe: Baked apples with oatmeal filling

This recipe from Rita Spangler at is a great way to mix apples and oatmeal for an easy dessert.

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Total: 45 mins

Servings: 4


4 apples

1 cup rolled oats

¼ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ cup butter

Directions: Line baking sheet with foil to catch juices as the apples cook.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 2

Core each apple making a large well in the center and arrange apples on a rimmed baking sheet.

Step 3

Mix oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a bowl; cut in butter until evenly combined. Spoon 1/4 of the oat mixture into each apple.

Step 4

Bake in the preheated oven until apples are tender and filling is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

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