An Apple a Day!

~Written by Rose Colleran~

You’ve heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Ever wonder where that saying came from? It’s origin dates back to 1866 in Wales from a proverb “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” It turns out the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables have been known for centuries!

I don’t know if an apple a day alone will keep the doctor away, BUT they do offer some really great health benefits. In fact, just last year Medical News Today ranked apples #1 on their list of the Top 10 Healthy Foods. The article associates apples with improving neurological health, preventing dementia, reducing stroke risk, lowering bad cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of diabetes and warding off breast cancer.

Here are a few reasons to eat an apple every day:

  • Boosts your immune system with Vitamin C
  • Promotes regularity and satiety due to their high fiber content
  • Lowers the risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease according to the Iowa Women’s Health Study, which has been tracking more than 34,000 women for nearly 20 years.
  • Increases your exercise endurance due to an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.
  • Reduces levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation whose presence in the blood suggests an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.
  • Protects against neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia according to Cornell University research.

 

Need any more reasons to go apple picking next weekend? Apples are soooo great this time of year.  A store bought apple can never match the flavor of one that is freshly picked. Tastes good and good for you. What a perfect combination!

*When possible, purchase organic apples.  Unfortunately, apples are always included on the “Dirty Dozen” list (a list created annually by the Environmental Working Group that uses data from the USDA and FDA on pesticide residue to identify the fruits and vegetables that have the highest levels of pesticides).

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