Apples are a delicious treat from nature, and a lot of people don’t realize how healthy they are.
Apples are full of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which play important roles in our digestive system and the health of our gastrointestinal tract.
Soluble fiber can be dissolved by water and gets metabolized by the “good” bacteria in the gut, while insoluble fiber can’t be completely broken down by our digestive system so it serves as roughage and adds bulk to help waste move smoothly through your colon. Fiber can help you feel full longer and it can help with weight loss and heart health.
That’s why we leave the peels on our apples when we make NADI Happy Hearts Apple Chips so you can get all of the fiber benefits from the fruit. We slice them ultra thin and use special drying techniques to make them crispy and crunchy, and there are only 100 calories per bag.
Apples are also a great source of Vitamin C, potassium, polyphenols, antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, flavonoids and dozens of other minerals and nutrients.
They have a naturally low glycemic index, which means people who have to watch their blood sugar can also enjoy them.
Apples have been linked to numerous health benefits and they may help reduce the risk of certain cancers, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and other ailments. They can play a role in reducing cholesterol, and support heart health.
Studies have shown that apples may have a neuroprotective effect thanks to the quercetin in them, which is a flavonoid that may help neurons survive as we age.
If eaten regularly over many years, apples may help reduce the risk of stroke, as one recent study in Finland showed.
There are believed to be more than 7,500 varieties of apples, and we use two of the most popular ones to make Happy Hearts apple chips: Ida Red, and Granny Smith. Both are hearty apples with firm flesh and a pleasant tartness that balances the natural sweetness of the fruit.
Happy Hearts dried apple chips are a delicious way to get the benefits of apples from a convenient on-the-go snack, and they can help you feel satisfied and full when cravings strike.