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Polish Off the Apples

The apple you send to your child’s teacher is proving to be a truly valuable gift. Research shows that apples can reduce inflammation, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, protect the heart and be a key to weight loss. Plus it’s the ideal take-along snack for anybody at any age. October is National Apple Month, the ideal time to start polishing up on better nutrition for your whole family.

The average American eats about one apple a week. But recent studies have shown that by eating 2-3 medium sized apples a day for six months, adults can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol by an amazing 23 percent – and cut their risk of cell and artery damage by 32 percent!  Take a look at all that apples can do for your family’s health:

  • Apples are a rich source of the powerful antioxidants flavonoids and polyphenols.
    Eat 100g of whole, fresh apple and its skin and you have an antioxidant effect
    equal to taking about 1,500mg of vitamin C.
  • Apple skin contains pectin, a soluble fiber found in most fruits and vegetables,
    which helps to remove toxic substances from the system by supplying galacturonic
    acid. Pectin also slows the spoiling of proteins in your intestines.
  • The pectin and other plant compounds in apples have also been shown to lower
     the body’s need for insulin and may help you manage diabetes.
  • Another study showed that eating apples improves lung function and lowers the
    risk of respiratory disease. In addition, children with asthma may suffer from less
    wheezing by drinking apple juice on a daily basis.
  • A medium apple contains about 5g of fiber and no fat, cholesterol or sodium.
  • The tannins in apple juice help prevent urinary tract infections and may help
     prevent periodontal or gum disease.
  • Almost half of the vitamin C content in apples is just underneath the skin. Eat your
     apple peels!
  • Apples contain boron, an essential trace element which has been shown
     to strengthen bones.

Try something beyond the slice:

  • Sprinkle slices with cinnamon or chili powder
  • Squeeze lemon or lime juice on the slices
  • Dip slices in honey or peanut butter
  • Top non-fat yogurt or low fat ice cream with chopped fresh apple mixed with fresh
     jalapeno slices

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