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Why We Fall for Apples

October 9, 2017

The legendary Johnny Appleseed (yes, he was a real person, his name was John Chapman) was born in 1774. He wanted to be sure that no one would ever be hungry, so in his twenties he started his 50 year quest of planting apple trees across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

 

Today the top apple producing states are Washington, New York and Michigan. The apple maintains its status as America’s favorite fruit, and its season is upon us. Although apples can found year round the best time of year for them is September through November.

Are they really good for us?                                                                                                                                                      

 

Yes!...Oh you need more then my word for it. They have numerous vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are essential to our health. They help our teeth, skin, digestive system, nerves and over health to stay or get healthy.

Apples can help:

  • Reduce cholesterol

  • Soluble fiber in the apple prevents cholesterol from building up on blood vessel walls

  • Provide approximately 8% to 14% of the RDA of Vitamin C (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

  • Very little calorie sacrifice too, about 95 calories for a medium sized apple

  • Helps boost the immune system

  • Protect us from the affects of oxidizers and free radicals

  • Decreases the risk of cancers, asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease

  • Antioxidant compounds, help to prevent LDL from oxidizing and inhibits inflammation

  • Lower levels of C reactive protein

  • An inflammation marker whose presence in the blood suggests an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.

  • Increase exercise endurance

  • Quercetin, an antioxidant, makes oxygen more available to the lungs

How to find a good apple and take care of it

 

Press gently with your fingers to check firmness.

 

Choose apples that are firm, no soft spots or blemishes.

 

Handle apples gently to prevent bruising.

 

Store apples in the crisper section of your refrigerator.

 

Apples do not play well with onions or other strong smelling foods, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers or spinach.

 

Because of the ethylene gas that apples produce, they will speed the ripening of other fruit.

 

This is the perfect time of year for apple festivals and learning more about apples

http://hickoryapplefest.com/

http://www.inwestmoreland.com/greatplaces/04-09/applefestival.aspx

http://www.franklinapplefest.com/

http://www.triplebfarms.com/pumpkin.htm

 

 

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