I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s true; apples have so much to offer for overall health, but especially in the way of colon health and cancer prevention. You can easily get in an apple a day, especially when you get a little creative. With this recipe, you can make a hashbrown style breakfast using apples and sweet potatoes!
Apples are a must for optimal colon health because of their fiber and antioxidant content. Just two medium apples contain nearly 9 grams of dietary fiber. High-fiber diets have been associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Fiber is needed for regular bowel movements, which sweep out toxins and waste from the colon. Additionally, apples have a high amount of pectin from which your gastrointestinal tract produces compounds to protect colon cells.
Apples are also high in antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals that can lead to disease. They’re a good source of vitamins A and C, but most of the antioxidant power comes from phytonutrients and flavonoids. Studies show a specific class of flavonoids in apples, called procyanidins, trigger a series of cell signals that results in cancer cell death.
Get a hefty serving of fruit and vegetables for breakfast and all the fiber and antioxidants that comes with them! Try these Apple-Sweet Potato Latkes for a sweeter, healthier take on the traditional Jewish dish.