Miracle foods: Apples
Simply put: apples are amazing. The old saying "Eat an apple a day, keep the doctor away" is still true.Credit: wikipedia
Studies find more and more benefits to eating apples, like reducing the risk of heart decease and preventing certain type of cancer.
Most of the apple's goodness comes from the skin and the layer just under the skin, which has an antioxidant compound called quercetin. A natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory, quercetin is a nature-made miracle that can help to prevent and compbat asthma. Scientists agree that no other fruit can help with asthma's issues as much as apple. It also can prevent damage from free radicals that can lead to a cancer. Comparing to other well-known antioxidants like vitamins C and E, quercetin thought to be exceptional.
Apples are great source of fiber as well (again, majority in a skin and core). It has both, soluble and insoluble, fiber, including pectin. A medium apple contains about 3 grams of fiber (daily recommended amount is 25 grams a day). Taking an adequate amount of soluble fiber can prevent colon cancer. Insoluble fiber helps lower cholesterol, so it can prevent heart stroke. Pectin, another type of insoluble fiver, slows the digestion, so it slows the rise of sugar in your blood - great for people with diabetes.
In addition, apples have other medicinal properties: diuretic, laxative, a muscle tonic, antirheumatic, stomachic, and liver beneficial. They can help your child with a tummy pain, and if you ever on a trip and you realize that you don’t have a toothbrush, eating raw apples also cleans your teeth and massages your gums.
And finally, apples are so convenient! You can take it anywhere, just pop couple in your bag or backpack and you are good to go.
If you want to get maximum benefits from eating apples follow these simple rules:
- Apple juice is not the same thing, because it lacks fiber and quercetin
- Look for apples that turn brown when cut open. Some apples (like granny Smith) were bred to be low in iron and other protective elements, so they look more appealing when peeled (I really can't understand why people mess with nature, nothing good ever came out of it)
- Try to buy organic. Because apples are the second popular fruit (after bananas) big orchids use a lot of pesticides, so unfortunately, apples have the most pesticide residue. Apples can store up to several weeks in your fridge, so when it is a season try to stock up.
- Eat apples with the skin
With so many different varieties, the well-known Fiji, Red Delicious and Gala have the highest level of antioxidants among your store varieties.
Apples also make the most beautiful preserves, so you can enjoy it off season.