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FROM EVERYDAY HEALTH BY AUTHOR BARBARA H SEEBER
with a lemony finish. Crisp, tangy to the point of tartness. Spicy
and fragrant. No, we’re not discussing the merits of fine wines. We’re
October is National Apple Month, the
time to celebrate the glory of the fruit, as the nation has been doing since
1904 when National Apple Week was born. In 1996, October became National
Domesticated some four thousand
years ago in the fruity forests of what is now Kazakhstan, apples
became a part of the human diet a long time ago. With flavors shaped by
their respective climates — the shorter the growing season the tarter the fruit
— apples have been grown across the United States for centuries. But
not until the last few decades, starting in the 1980s, have apple
breeders offered such a variety and explosion of flavors: Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady,
Honeycrisp, SweeTango, and
many more. Remember when there were only a few like
Red Delicious or Golden Delicious or McIntosh to be found in grocery stores?
But the history and diversity of
apples is not the only thing to celebrate. Apples also can be credited with...
....delivering an amazing number of health benefits, such as:
Fighting bad breath. Apples contain pectin, which helps control food
odors. Pectin also promotes saliva, which cleanses breath.
2. Preventing asthma attacks. Asthma sufferers often have low levels of antioxidants.
Apples are high in vitamin C and flavonoids
(beneficial, water-soluble plant pigments). Both are antioxidant. One study
found that vitamin C supplements helped protect against exercise-induced asthma.
3. Reducing the risk of stroke. A study involving 9,208 men and women showed that those who
ate the most apples over a 28-year period had the lowest risk for stroke.
Researchers concluded that the results suggest the intake of apples is related
to a decreased risk of
4. Preventing constipation. Fresh apples are high in fiber, which adds bulk to the
stool. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, or
5. Combating fatigue. The high vitamin C and antioxidant content in apples
counter the free radicals leading to oxidative stress, which has been linked to
6. Reducing the risk of diabetes. The phytonutrients (beneficial
substances found in various plants) in apples help regulate blood sugar.These compounds help prevent spikes in blood sugar in
a variety of ways: by inhibiting enzymes involved in the breakdown of
carbohydrates into simple sugars; by stimulating pancreatic cells to produce
insulin; by decreasing the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream.
Compared to other commonly consumed
fruits in the U.S, these nutritional powerhouses ranked
second for highest antioxidant activity. However, they ranked highest
in the proportion of free phenolic
compounds—substances not bound to other compounds in the fruit and thus more
easily absorbed into the bloodstream. So stock up on a good
supply of apples for this season. And don’t cut off the peels. They
contain much of apples’ fiber and antioxidant power.
In addition to the crunchy beauties
in the fruit bowl, don’t forget to try some of the apple treats found in 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them. Here are two recipes to get you
Johnny Apple Treat
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Coarsely grate the apple into a
small bowl. Mix in the walnuts and raisins. Add the lemon juice and toss.
Sprinkle with cinnamon to taste.
For chilly autumn days or if you
feel a cold coming on and want to soothe an irritated throat.
1 quart apple juice or cider
1 quart water
1 cinnamon stick
3 or 4 whole cloves
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Fresh lemon juice
Pour the juice and water into a
large pan. Add the spices. Heat until just beginning to boil.
Turn the heat to low, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out
the cinnamon stick and cloves. Enjoy each cup with a squirt of lemon
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Last Updated: 10/10/2014