We’ve all heard the old cliché’s about apples such as, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well my friends, the apple has finally proved itself scientifically as a true Super Fruit and validated those old sayings we’d heard since childhood...Click to continue reading...
Did You Know…
- Last year, a third of the national apple harvest was devoted to processing – including the manufacturing of juices and sauces?
- Approximately ½ of the national apple harvest stayed in the domestic fresh food market and 14% was exported fresh?
- U.S. apple production is estimated to reach 241 million bushels in 2010 – equating to about 113 apples per U.S. consumer per year?
- Approximately 84 million bushels of apples is expected to be used for processing in the 2010 harvest year?
- All varieties of apples are similar in their total nutritional profile – individual taste and texture is the only factor that is varied?
Antioxidant Capacity of Apples
- One large apple with the skin has a higher value (7500 grams) than an average half-cup serving of blueberries (4750 grams).
- Apples are mostly available year round, where other fruits are often not.
- Apples and natural apple products, especially with peel intact, are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants – both known to promote health.
- Apples have been shown in studies to boost weight loss efforts.
- Apples showed positive results in reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) and protect against heart disease.
- Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
- The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds 2 ounces.
- One medium apple contains about 80 calories.
- The word “apple” comes from the Old English aeppel.
- The Celtic word for apple is abhall.
- China produces more apples than any other country.
- Quercetin is found ONLY in apple skin – the skin also contains more antioxidants and fiber than the flesh…don’t peel your apples.
- U.S. top apple-producing states are: Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and California – 36 states produce apples commercially.
- There are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown worldwide – 2500 varieties grown in the U.S.
- The only apple native to North America is the crabapple.
- Apple trees don’t bear their first fruit until they are 4-5 years old.
- Archaeologists have evidence of people eating apples as far back as 6500 B.C.
- The more apples an individual consumes, the lower the risk of developing lung cancer – a good reason for those in high risk jobs with air pollution to consume plenty of apples daily
American dietary guidelines suggest that healthy adults should consume 5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily. How does that recommendation convert for the average individual?
A ONE CUP Serving =
- One small apple
- ½ of a large apple
- One cup sliced raw or cooked apples
- ½ cup dried apples
- One cup of 100% apple juice/cider
- One cup applesauce
An Apple a Day Keeps What Away?
French researchers found that a Flavonoid called Phloridzin, found only in apples, protects post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and also increases bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, strengthens bones.
Asthma and Bronchial Disorders
One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.
A study on mice at Cornell University found that the Quercetin in apples protects brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer's disease.
The Pectin in apples lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol – people who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.
According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavonoids Quercetin and Naringin in apples.
Oh Rats! A Cornell University study found that rats that ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent…sounds like we need to be part of the Rat Pack!
One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Other research shows that the pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.
The skin of the apple, the insoluble fiber, is a great remedy against constipation because it helps digestion and prevents other related disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, and diverticulosis – the leading causes of colon cancer, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, hiatus hernia, gallstones, etc.
Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.
Pectin is a general intestinal regulator used in many medicinal preparation, especially as an antidiarrhea agent. Modified citrus pectin (MCP) is a citrus pectin that has been broken down to less complex molecules by modifying the pH. MCP is rich in galactoside residues – giving it an affinity for certain types of cancer cells. Galactose-rich, modified citrus pectin has a binding affinity for galectins on the surface of cancer cells – resulting gin an inhibition, or blocking, of cancer cell aggregation, adhesion, and metastasis. MCP has proven its effectiveness in blocking metastasis of certain types of cancer cells, including melanomas, prostate, and breast cancers. Since Pectin is resistant to human digestion, but is almost completely degraded into short-chain fatty acids in the colon by bacteria, and has a reduced tendency to have a laxative effect and stimulates bacterial growth in the colon.
Apple extracts from selected apple varieties were added to human liver cancer HepG2 cells to determine if the extracts could inhibit tumor cell proliferation. All apple varieties inhibited liver cancer cell proliferation. Apples without their skin were less potent in inhibiting HepG2, whereas apples with skins exerted greater inhibitions of cell proliferation.
The Pectin in apples supplies Galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body's need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.
The insoluble fiber in apples is known as dietary fiber, and cannot be digested by the enzymes in our bodies – helping us lose weight by providing the sensation of having a full stomach.
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Dr. Gloria Gilbère (aka Dr. G), N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D., D.S.C., EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist
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