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Apples: nature’s crunchiest fruit

By Johnetta Douglass

Special to CSMS Magazine

The warm scent flavor of the apple is a sure sign that the fall season is just around the corner.  Apples are crisp, white fleshed fruits with red, yellow or green skin. Apples range in taste from moderately sweet and refreshing to pleasantly tart depending on the variety. The apple is usually grown in the Northern Hemisphere from late summer season to early winter season. The apple is also a close relative to the rose family, with a compartmentalized core that classifies it as a pome fruit.

            Apples are extremely important in reducing the risk of cancer because of the reduced risk against lung cancer in women.  According to a study from New England Journal of medicine, women who include the apple fruit in their daily diet decrease their risk for lung cancer by 40 to 50 percent.  Apples have also been proven to beneficial in the prevention of colon cancer and breast cancer because of the studies from laboratories and animals studies from the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC.

            In addition to reducing cancer, apples are extremely important in the protecting against asthma and lung support. Unlike the grapefruit, grapefruit juice and apples have shown up in several studies as a significant way to lower asthma risk. In fact, apples have stood out amongst other fruits when it comes to support of lung support and health. Flavonoids inside the apples including phloridizin are thought to play a potentially key role in the special ability of apples to support lung health.

            Health practical tip: Don’t assume that apples are somehow less special than more exotic, less widely consumed fruits. Apples combined with fiber and flavonoids and antioxidant nutrients in a way that is unique and unmatched by other fruits. While you won’t need an apple to keep the problems away, it looks like you will need three-medium sized apples per week to get some of their key benefits.

            Furthermore, apples are great sources of vitamin C and dietary fiber. Most of the apple’s fiber is contained in its skin, as the majority of its quercitin. Unfortunately, in conventionally grown apples, the apple skin is also the part most likely to contain pesticide residues and may have toxic residues if covered in petroleum-based waxes. Since peeling results in the loss of apples flavonoids and most its valuable fiber, choose organically grown apple whenever possible.

Note: Johnetta Douglass is a nutritionist living in Yuma, Arizona. She wrote this piece, especially for CSMS Magazine.

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