Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays! I hope that your Friday has been well thus far and that it just gets better as you move into the weekend. 🙂
Today we’re going to take a bite out of apples. Apples originated from Eastern Europe and Central Asia and were brought to North America by European colonists. They can now be found in most of the temperate regions of the world. Did you know that there are more than 7000 varieties of apples grown throughout the world? I was amazed to learn that something that appears so simple had so many varieties.
Apples are a crisp, white-fleshed fruit that can come with a red, yellow or green skin. The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet fruit, the apple. They can be eaten raw or cooked.
Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Some of the other nutrients we would find in smaller amounts include: potassium, vitamin K, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper and vitamins A, E, B1, B2 and B6.
Is an apple a day enough to keep the doctor away? Let’s take a look at some of the possible health benefits of adding apples to our diet below.
Possible Health Benefits include:
- Reduce constipation
- Help prevent stomach disorders
- Improve digestion
- Help fight obesity
- Cardiovascular benefits
- Rich in antioxidants
- Anti-cancer – colon, breast and lung
- Prevent dementia
- Reduce your risk of stroke
- Lower bad cholesterol levels
- Reduce your risk of diabetes
- Assist in the treatment of gout
- Blood sugar regulation
- Lower blood pressure
- Treatment for anemia
- Detoxify the body
- Healthy for skin
- Promote good gut bacteria
- Prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Prevent eye disorders
- Collection of gallstones
Please note that some of the benefits highlighted above require you to eat both the flesh and the skin of the apple to get maximum benefits of this fruit.
Some possible side effects
It should be noted that no serious side effects have been linked to apple consumption.
- Apple seeds contain cyanide, a powerful poison. Eating too many apple seeds can potentially be fatal. As such, it is recommended that you remove the apple seeds before juicing or consuming the fruit.
- Apple may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Rosaceae family. Members of this family include apricot, almond, plum, peach, pear, and strawberry. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking apple.
- According to Professor David Bartlett at the King’s Dental Institute – “Snacking on acidic foods throughout the day is the most damaging, whilst eating them at meal times is much safer. It’s not what you eat it’s how you eat it – an apple a day is good, but taking all day to eat the apple can damage teeth. “
- Non-organic apples typically have their surfaces coated with a wax that helps to protect them during storage and shipping. Some suppliers tend to use more natural waxes such as Carnauba wax (from the carnauba palm tree), beeswax, or shellac (from the lac beetle) while others might opt for the petroleum-based waxes which then to contain solvent residues or wood resins.
How to buy apples?
When you buy apples, make sure they are firm. Avoid buying apples that have wrinkles, since they have lost most of their health benefits and nutritional value.
In conclusions, apples are a healthy fruit that promise many benefits regardless of age. I for one need to increase my consumption of apples – whether it is through eating more of the fruit, drinking more apple juice maybe even juicing it – I could be doing more. Do you eat apples daily?
Are apples on your list of favourite fruits? Hope you all enjoyed today’s topic. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
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