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In season… APPLES

A super source of hidden vitamins and antioxidants, one apple a day definitely helps keep the doctor away

Often underestimated, the humble apple is full of surprises (as well as health benefits). Believed to have originated in Asia up to 10 million years ago, and brought to Europe via the Silk Trade Route, apples are the second most consumed fruit, after bananas.

A single medium-sized apple contains up to 4g of fibre, which helps lower cholesterol and stabilise blood sugar swings. Plus there’s vitamins

A and C to help boost the immune system, and the antioxidant flavonoid quercetin, mostly found in red apples, which has anti-inflammatory properties. So many benefits in one apple? We’re not done yet – some people think regular consumption of apples can help ‘scrub away’ bacteria from teeth, and stimulate saliva production. They may also be good for those dieting or trying to control their eating – apples can help you feel fuller for longer.

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We’ve given this issue a clear nutrition focus – as we move into autumn, it’s a good time to think about what we’re putting into our bodies to make them as strong as possible to face the demands of longer nights and colder days. With so much misunderstanding about fats and carbs – both buzz terms, as well as two out of three of our macronutrients – we dive deep into the healthy ways to consume each (p83 and p104). We also give attention to fibre (p89), and why you should too. And I love our nutrition myths busted feature (p32) – with alarming nutrition headlines appearing on an increasingly regular basis, we apply our cool-headed, science-based approach to determine what to pay heed to and, frankly, what to ignore. There’s been much talk lately about the return of the common sense, balanced diet. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know we welcome this. We never use the word ‘guilt’ or ‘guilt-free’ when we talk about food. All foods are OK as part of a balanced diet and, here at healthy, guilt is never on our plates. In other news, I’m sad to say that this is my last Editor’s letter as I hand over the reins to our brilliant new Editor, Anna Berrill. While I’ll be overseeing things in my Editorial Director capacity, Anna will be infusing your healthy magazine with all the fantastic ideas, inspiration and love you read us for. As a parting gift, I’m sharing the products that have made the most difference to me during my editorship. This includes coconut oil – a niche product when I started at healthy nearly five years ago, but now used everyday in my veggiepacked stir-fries – as well as charcoal, originally seen as one of Gwyneth’s weirder recommendations, but now something I can’t imagine NOT brushing my teeth with and, yes, it really does work! You’re welcome.