Apples, more than a fruit?

Today is Tuesday, February 25th

The topic or question of the day:

Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?

I think many times these old sayings hold some truth.  Much like “A penny saved is a penny earned”.  Some reasons an apple a day may be good for you are as follows:

  • A medium apple contains 3.3 grams of fiber and only ~ 60 calories.
  • The apple skin contains insoluble fiber, but the secret ingredient is between the skin and the flesh of the apple and is called pectin.  Pectin is a soluble fiber that may reduce risk of cardiac heart disease and some types of cancer.
  • Ursolic Acid is found in the apple peel and has been found to boost calorie burning and reduce obesity in mice according to a study reported in Huffington Post June 22, 2012.  It was also reported to increase muscle mass and strength.
  • The apple peel contains anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties.
  • 50 mg of the phytochemicals in the apple peel inhibited the reproduction of cancer cells in the colon by 43% and by 28% in the apple’s flesh.
  • A small apple eaten 15 minutes before eating a meal causes a significant reduction in mealtime calories consumed.

Tip or quote of the day:  

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To avoid most pesticides, cut off each end of the apple.  Most pesticide is found in the stem where the apple hangs from the tree.

Take Action Today:

Eat an apple today!

Try eating a salad with apple chunks 15 minutes before dinner.

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