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The Humble Apple

The Humble Apple

It’s an old saying with a simple meaning and a ton of truth.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Frankly, I’ve never been much of an apple guy. I was more of a pig knuckles and beer kind of guy. You don’t hear people say, “A pig knuckle a day…”

Hey, it didn’t work out too good for the pig either.

It’s quite possible that I have eaten more apples in the last four months than I have my entire life. For some reason they don’t seem as bad as they did when I was ten.

About the only apple you could get in me  had to be hot, wrapped in two layers of crispy crust, full of cinnamon and sugar cooked to a sticky paste and best case, topped with a big pile of vanilla ice cream.

Jeeze, that don’t sound half bad right now.

Here are some health benefits derived from the humble apple.

[box] Delicious and crunchy apple is one of the popular fruit that contain an impressive list of essential nutrients, which are required for normal growth and development and overall nutritional well-being.[/box]

[box]Apples are low in calories; 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories. The fruits contain no saturated fats or cholesterol, but are rich in dietary fiber, which helps prevent absorption of dietary LDL cholesterol in the gut. The dietary fibers alsos help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon. [/box]

[box]Apple fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.[/box]

[box]Apples are rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenols. The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g apple fruit is 5900 TE. The important flavonoids in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. Apples are also good in tartaric acid that gives tart flavor to them. These compounds help body protect from deleterious effects of free radicals.[/box]

[box]In addition, apple fruit is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.[/box]

[box]Apple also contains small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus counters the bad influences of sodium.[/box]

The more apples I’ve had over the past few months the more I appreciate Johnny Appleseed. A true pioneer of the American fruit. A hero to dieters everywhere. Go Johnny!