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Health Benefits Of Apples

Submitted by on February 28, 2009 – 4:37 pmNo Comment

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Apples have long been one of the most popular and nutritious fruits around, but do you really understand why that is? You always heard your parents say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.  Truer words were never spoken, take a look at some of the major health benefits and tips of keeping your apples fresh and crispy.

Health Benefits

  • Apples have been found to help prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells thanks to Quercetin; which is a type of  flavonoid in the apples.
  • Help keep your bones nice and strong, especially with older women struggling with osteoporosis.
  • They are a good source of vitamins which include A and C.
  • Phytonutrients which are found in the skin of the apple have be found to slow the pace of colon cancer.
  • They are a quick way to get soluble and insoluble fiber which can help you in the battle against obesity and weight gain.
  • They are an easy way to lower your cholesterol; apples are high in pectin which can help slow or stop the amount of LDL cholesterol into your body.
  • They are among the best fruits that help to fight cancer.

One last note on getting the most out of the apple: Make sure you chew the apple thoroughly until all the major chunks are grinded down into a small mush. This will ensure that you are getting all the essential nutrients that the apple provides.

Choosing the right apples

You may want to go right for the glossiest or shiniest apple that your supermarket provides but this can be a mistake, the high gloss is usually a type of wax that the supplier puts on the apple to give it a longer shelf life. If you do get this type of apple make sure you are washing it thoroughly with warm water and then drying it off completely.

The best type of apples to buy are the 100% organic apples, yes they may cost more but they have not been touched by harmful pesticides or glossy coats to maximize shelf life.

Your next step will to be choose which kind of apple, here you have a lot of variety such as:

  • Red Delicious – The most popular American apple which is a great easy snack any time of the day.
  • Granny Smith – This is the most durable apple you can get, it has a long natural shelf life and is great for cooking.
  • Gala Apples – My personal favorite (great in the MG Tuna melt).
  • Golden Delicious – Used usually for making apple pie, they are not related to the Red Delicious apple however.
  • Other less known types include: Mcintosh, Rome and Gravenstein apples.

Proper Storage

Usually apples have a home life of about one to two weeks before they start to lose the ripe taste or bruise, once this begins to happen you will want to try and eat or give away the apples as soon as you can.

Storage can consist of freezing the apple or keeping them in your vegetable crisper (however you should not keep them next to any veggie’s because they can cause certain types of vegetables to break down faster than normal.

Getting that apple a day can be a tough task sometimes, especially if you are eating the same type of apple over and over. So try mixing it up and buying new brands and new types to keep your taste buds kicking, along with a healthy exercise routine apples can help your body and overall health a great deal so give them a chance in your daily fruit line up.

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