How many times have you repeated that famous saying? “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Probably many times! Well, it’s true because applies are an extremely healthy snack that is very nutritious. No wonder they set aside this day, December 1 to commemorate “Eat a Red Apple Day”.
Yes, every year on this day people worldwide celebrate “Eat a Red Apple Day”. Apples are grown throughout the world and there are over 7,500 varieties of apples that range from shapes, colors and flavors. Apples are prepared in many different ways including eaten raw, baked, cooked and juiced so everyone can benefit from all their antioxidants.
This delicious naturally sweet fruit is far, sodium and cholesterol free. That makes apples one of the best super-foods there are. Maybe they should be called super-fruits!
Apples are a good source of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. We all love to bite into a fresh picked ripe apple. Did you know that most of the fiber is contained in the apple skin? That’s right, and now that you know why it is that most of us tend to peel the skin away? Some of this is due to the skin texture being hard to swallow, especially in young children. Unfortunately most of the time it is due to the fact that the skin is what holds the residue from many toxic pesticides that are sprayed over the orchards. This is not the case for organic applies.
It has been known that applies may help lower your risk of heart disease, asthma, lung cancer in women, colon and breast cancer and aide in supporting your cardiovascular system as well.
The skin of apples can be red, green or yellow in color. The inner flesh of this fruit is white in color and has a refreshing flavor. Red and Golden Delicious are usually the sweetest apples around. Whereas, Granny Smith, Pippin and Fuji apples tend to be a little tart and are best for baking pies. They also retain their texture longer than sweeter applies.
Additional apple varieties available are:
- Mc Intosh
- Rome Beauty
- Always rinse apples under running water prior to eating or preparing them for any recipe.
- Organic apples don’t need to be peeled from its skin unless a recipe specifically asks you to do so.
- Add diced apples to fruit or green salads.
- Sliced apples and cheese are a European favorite dessert choice.
Celebrate “Eat a Red Apple Day” and keep the doctor away!
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