An Apple a Day

 

(updated September 2013)

Fresh local apples picture by: Mairlyn Smith

Fresh local apples
picture by: Mairlyn Smith

 

Last year was an abysmal year for apples in Ontario. With the fluctuations in temperatures the apples never had a chance. Well that was last year and this is this year, and 2013 looks like its a bumper crop.

 

Apples are literally jumping from the orchards into the produce department and the health news about this amazing little fruit is jumping off the research papers.

 

An apple a day not only may keep the doctor away, but add in the cardiologist.

In a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association eating an apple every day may be just what your cardiologist would recommend.

This study was the first of its kind to look at the colour of fruit and veggies and its relationship to stroke.

 

Comparing leafy greens, orange/yellow, red/purple, and white fleshed fruits and veggies – the white fleshed ones were at the top of the list for reducing your chances of having a stroke.

 

Before you swear off leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and berries remember that brightly coloured fruits and veggies have been linked to lower rates of cancer.

 

All you apple, pear, cucumber, banana, and cauliflower lovers keep up the great work.

 

Apples also contain soluble fibre which helps reduce cholesterol and the antioxidant quercetin, which is in the peel, helps strengthen your immune system, something to keep in mind with flu season on its way.

 

If that hasn’t got you dashing out the door to buy a bag of apples what about this? Eating apples reduces your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

 

Easy to pack, easy to eat, and economical – scrub your apples well before you take a big bite of health.

 Here’s a fabulous Apple Crepe recipe from The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook

Posted in My Spin on Things, Nutritional Info and Recipes
2 comments on “An Apple a Day
  1. Charlene says:

    What about the pesticide used on the apples? Is washing enough or should we consider peeling the apple?

  2. Mairlyn says:

    I scrub apples really well under cold running water using a vegetable brush. You will never get rid of all the residue but washing well applies to all commercially grown produce not just apples.

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