Friday, February 18, 2011

An Apple a Day

There's something about a REALLY good crunchy apple that is just awesome.  It's right up there with really juicy peaches.  And, of course, they are really good for you too!  I found some information HERE.
 * There is a flavanoid found ONLY in apples: phloridzin.  Some researchers from France found the flavanoid and the benefits are that it may protect post menopausal women from osteoporosis and increase bone density!  There is also boron found in apples which increases bone strength.
*There was a study done that MAY show that babies who's mother's ate a lot of apples during pregnancy had less of a chance of having asthma.
*The whole "And Apple A Day..." saying?  Well the pectin in apples help lower bad cholesterol!  Those who eat 2 a day can lower their cholesterol by 16%!  The pectin also lowers the body's need for insulin which could help manage diabetes!
*A lot of nutrients are found in the SKIN of apples.  Including extracts that have been found to help lower risk of cancer!
 My favorite apples are Pink Lady apples.  LOVE them!  But then a not-quite-ripe Golden Delicious or a Granny Smith is right up there too.
 Every two years we get A LOT of apples from friends with apple trees and we make homemade applesauce!  We bottle it and it's like candy around these parts!  But it wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that we put red hots in our applesauce!  It makes the applesauce a really pretty pink color. 

We also ALWAYS have a bowl of apples sitting on the counter.  After school the kids all grab an apple for a snack!  Some like to slice it and dip it in peanut butter.  But for the most part they eat it all the way down to the core while doing their homework!
What's YOUR favorite thing to do with apples?


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