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An Apple a Day…Why?

by jenny sansouci on October 5, 2009

I’ve been asking around lately about people’s favorite fall foods. I expected “pumpkin” would be the winner by a landslide, but many people answered “apples” with a lot of enthusiasm. That being said, I thought I’d dedicate a little time to them.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” I’ve always just assumed that phrase meant, “Eat more fruit. It’s healthy.” Well, I can’t just accept any old phrase anymore. I need to know WHY!

I found out why.

Apples are packed with health benefits, including…

Flavonoids: Antioxidants that boost your immune system, and can help prevent heart disease and cancer.

Pectin: Aids in reducing cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, and stimulating the growth of healthy bacteria.

Fiber: Helps regulate digestion.

Potassium: Necessary for proper nerve function and muscle control.

Folic Acid: Helps the body make new, healthy cells.

Vitamin C: Protects you from immune system deficiencies

Phytochemicals: Helps to slow the affects of aging.

Quercetin– Fights the free radicals that can cause disease in the body.

Ok, ok, I believe the old phrase now! It’s obvious that apples really CAN protect us from illness. And you thought they were just a tasty addition to holiday pies….

This was just a quick summary of all the magic apples can bring to your life. More info: Dr. Weil talks apples here.

Bottom line: eat apples. Put them in desserts. Drink them as cider. Eat them right off the tree. You may just save some money on doctors visits this winter!

Oh — and whenever possible, buy organic and local!

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My sister wearing an apple hat.

My parents - apple picking

My parents - apple picking




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Jon October 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Pie! I love pie! Especially apple pie!

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