After beating the writer’s block yesterday morning, I decided to start a bit of theme for this week’s posts.
Everyone has heard “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but I was wondering how true that actually was. Turns out, from my research, it is more than true! Apples really are great for you!
First some rather interesting facts (you can thank me when you win the next Pub Quiz you happen to take part in!). Did you know there are 7,500 varieties of apples and that the apple is part of the rose family? 25% of their make up is air and 5% is protein (and that not due to any random wormy things you might munch unexpectedly – oh dear. Was that an appetite supressant?) and apparently it takes the energy from 50 leaves for them to produce 1 apple. I worry for my little dwarf apple trees outside in my garden. They are nowhere near getting 50 leaves!
Apples are filled with 5 grams of soluble fibre, and as we know fibre is a good thing. Apples control insulin levels by releasing sugar slowly into the blood stream. It cleans and detoxifies which helps to eliminate heavy metals from the body. Apple pectin, a chemical in the fruit, also helps to reduce cholesterol by lowering the insulin secretion as well.
Apparently, studies have shown that if you eat up to 5 apples per week, it can help reduce asthma. It can help the discomfort of skin diseases. In Chinese medicine apples are considered to strengthen the heart, quench the thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucus and increase body fluids.
Apples are also fabulous for those of us watching what we eat. They have between 50 and 80 calories, and no fat or sodium but they are absolutely packed with vitamins A and C, flavanoids and phosphorus, iron and calcium with some potassium thrown in. A Brazilian study also found that eating an apple BEFORE a meal helped woman lose 33% more weight than those who didn’t have one. Goodness. Apples really are a super food. Probably one of the first superfoods we ever ate.
Finally, Apples are really great for making cider. Cider is one of my favourite alchoholic beverages, but obviously, you must drink it responsibly. In addition, from apple cider, comes apple cider vinegar, and this is quite the miracle herbal remedy of the moment.
But I think I will save that for another blog (though not necessarily for this week, because it looks like the old brain and writing inspiration is back to firing on all cylinders!)
Now… I am off to see what different sorts of apple I can try!