All About the Apple

All About the Apple

If someone says apple pie, it always brings a smile to our faces with the memory of the smell of a homemade pie waiting for us to enjoy. All you need is a little vanilla ice cream to complete it.

But far more than just being a dessert, this fruit is very healthy for us, especially when eaten fresh in its natural form. There are many varieties from the very tart, such as Braeburn, Figis, Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Pippin, to the very sweetest, such as the Red and Yellow Delicious.

The Benefits

There are a host of benefits from the vitamins and minerals found in them. The following are all the benefits and goodness they hold for us:

Iron

Fiber

Sulfur

Pectin

Tannis

Vitamin C

Malic acid

Potassium

Ellagic acid

Magnesium

Phosphorus

Caffeic acid

Bioflavonoids

Alpha carotene

Chlorogenic acid

How these Benefits Help Us

The average sized apple is about 6 ounces and has 3 grams or more of soluble and insoluble fiber. This amount of fiber will equal 10% or more of our daily fiber intake, as is recommended by nutritionists.

This amount of fiber will help a reduction to the bad cholesterol levels, resulting in a lower risk to the plaque build-up in the arteries, stroke, and the possibility of a heart attack. The two different fibers together assist with regularity, resulting in reducing the possibilities of diverticulosis and colon cancer.

How does this work? Well the fiber will attach to the bad cholesterol and help remove it from your digestive system. Eating an apple a day can help reduce your cholesterol by as much as 10%; having the second one will boost that number to 15%.

The outer peel is also good for us. It provides pectin for our bodies, which helps eliminate toxins and heavy metals from our system.

Scientific and medical studies have shown that people who have a high intake of flavonoids in their diet have a 20% reduction in the risk of heart disease. Other foods high in flavonoids include broccoli, onions, and tea. Apples, however, contribute to the highest reduction in heart disease.

Most of the sweet flavor comes from fructose, a simple sugar that breaks down slowly and will help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Studies show that eating the fruit whole is healthier than drinking the juice. Processing the fruit into juice tends to reduce some of the benefits from polyphenolic phytonutrient concentrations.

Tips for Preparing 

Wash and eat...how simple is that?

A Few Quick Serving Ideas

  • Add them to salads, including tuna salad.
  • Baked, whether using them whole, halved, or sliced, add some cinnamon and sugar and you have an easy wholesome dessert
  • Create your own homemade baby food by simply cutting into quarters, remove the seeds and peel, and put into the blender. This is a very healthy food for your baby.
  • Eat sliced or whole for a snack; many people like dipping the fruit into caramel or peanut butter.
  • Eaten in pies are delicious.
  • Added for a topping on top of ice cream with almond slices and chocolate syrup.
  • And as tradition, eating caramel dipped is an all time favorite! 

The old saying is “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” Whatever way they are enjoyed, eating one every day will surely benefit you and lead to a healthier life.

 



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