Monday, October 06, 2014


We've all heard the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," but does anyone know why?  What's in an apple that is so powerful?

                                                                In apple pectin there is a substance called

galacturonic acid that can help diabetics have less of a need for insulin.  However, fruits are one of the things diabetics often avoid due their affect on blood sugar.  Eat the apple with some protein and it will have less of a negative effect on blood sugar.  Or, drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water, which lowers blood sugar as well by preventing the liver from producing extra glucose.

Eating two apples per day can lower your LDL cholesterol by 10%.

Studies done on liver cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer showed that the risk of contracting these diseases fell dramatically the more apples the test subjects consumed.  A Cornell University study found that rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent.

There is a flavonoid found ONLY in apples called phloridzin that protects post menopausal women from osteoporosis.  Apples also contain boron, which strengthens bones.

A recent study found that children with asthma who drink apple juice every day have less wheezing that children who only drank apple juice only once per month.

The pectin in apples acts as an antioxidant against the bad cholesterol in the blood stream.
• Decreases the chances of colon cancer.
• Works well as an anti-diarrhea agent.
• Reduces high blood pressure.
• Is effective in the regression, or prevention of, gallstones.

The Quercitin in apples can
• Reduce cancer risk
• Prevent heart attacks
• Ward off eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration
• Control asthma
• Maintain health when suffering from Crohn's disease
• Prevent recurrent gout attacks
• Speed up healing of recurrent heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)

That's enough to convince me that I need to eat at least one apple per day.  In general, fruits should not be eaten with other classes of foods, but the apple is the one fruit with the appropriate enzymes to allow it to be eaten with other food groups.  Let's increase our apple intake and increase our health.  Mother nature is the best healer.

As far as Total Antioxidant Content of apples, here is how the the different varieties stack up.  This is umol TE/100grams:

Red Delicious, raw, with skin        4,275
Granny Smith, raw, with skin        3,898
Gala, raw, with skin                       2,828
Golden Delicious, raw, with skin    2,670
Fuji, raw, with skin                         2,589
In general, the foods with the most vivid colors have the highest antioxidant content.

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