An Apple A Day!
This week, The Weekly Beet is in France, reporting on the magical powers of the forbidden fruit. Mary Kent gets to the core of exactly what an apple a day does to keep the doctor away!
These days the apple is being called everything from a baby's name and a computer to even the big city! With 2,500 different varieties and funny names like Rome Beauties and Newton Pippins, this golden delicious, code-breaking orb comes in various shades of red, green, and yellow. Known as the forbidden fruit in many religions, the apple is fast proving that giving into such healthy temptation once a day will in fact keep the doctor away. Containing about 80 calories, apples are sodium, fat, and cholesterol free. Research shows us that it is the high amount of fiber in apples (5g per apple) that is making them so a-peeling to people who suffer from gastrointestinal disfunctions. Also, it is the incredible amount of polyphenols, or antioxidants, contained in apples that are currently being researched for their anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer qualities. Unfortunately, all apple varities are not created equal when it comes to health components. For example, the Red Delicious apple contains some of the largest amount of polyphenols found in the skin of all apple varieties. Following the Red Delicious in antioxidant ranking are the Northern Spy, the Ida Red, the Cortland, the McIntosh, the Golden Delicious, the Mutsu, and the Empire.
With more antioxidant concentration found in the skin, it's always a healthier idea to eat the entire apple! Here's why we can't stop bobbing for apples! Eating an apple a day:
- Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Reduces risk of heart disease.
- Reduces risk of liver, colon, prostate, and lung
- Assists in weight loss.
- Helps prevent kidney stones.
- Assists in healthy digestion.
- Prevents bone
loss associated with menopause.
- Provides natural UV-B skin protection.
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels.
- Improves vision.
- Helps keep the body hydrated.
While in Paris, we dined with the famous Patricia Wells at a restaurant called Josephine Chez Dumonet! We were definitely tempted and fell for the Tarte Fine Aux Pommes! Click here for a similar recipe. We say substitute with the unhealthy stuff with whole wheat flour, ghee, and Rapadura!
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PS. Mary Kent is wearing necklace from Monoprix
and top by Laundry. She is posed next to a gigantic apple at La Madeleine restaurant in Sens, France.
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