Nibble on This! An Apple A Day…

by Nan Sprouse, FNP-BC

October is National Apple Month and you know what they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”! This very well may be true with the extent of health benefits found in apples. They are chock full of phytochemicals, quercetin, pectin, antioxidants and flavonoids. The many nutrients found in apples helps to:






  • Prevent cancer
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Decrease the risk of osteoporosis
  • Prevent Alzheimer’s disease


There are many different varieties of apples to choose from so if you are not particularly fond of apples, maybe you have not tried the right one. Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Gala and Pink Lady are just a few and each has its own unique flavor. Before eating apples, remember to always wash them well and as always, organic is best.

Apple Avocado Salsa

Ingredients :

2 unpeeled apples, cored and diced

1/2 ripe avocado, peeled and diced

1 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 tsp. granulated sugar

1 tsp. fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp. minced jalapeno pepper

1/4 tsp. minced garlic

Dash of pepper


Mix all ingredients and serve.

Nan Sprouse, FNP-BC, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Carson Newman College. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with specific research in women’s health. Nan is working toward a fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

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