Monday, September 14, 2009

About Apples

Forbidden Fruit My Butt

Apparently Eve had a devil of a time tempting Adam to eat fruits and vegetables.
When you think about it, the first commandment was Eve telling Adam, “Eat this apple or else!”

In ancient Greek and Roman mythology, crunchy apples symbolized love and beauty. Rumor has it Cleopatra placed an apple in Caesar’s chariot lunch box before he went into battle. When ancient Romans conquered England they brought apple cultivation with them. Apple trees were grown and prized for their fruit by the people of ancient Roman and it is believed they took cultivated apples with them into England as they conquered and made applesauce out of the country.

In 1629, John Endicott, one of the early governors of Massachusetts Bay Colony, brought the seeds and trees to America. Johnny ‘Apple Seed’ Chapman encourage apple growing as he carried apple seeds with him wherever he wandered, planting trees in thinly settled parts of the country, mostly for whiskey and strong liquor.

The nineteen pounds of vitamin-rich apples each American consumes annually are 80 to 85 percent kidney-flushing water. ‘Arrrrr Matey’, if you ever get scurvy they’re a most valuable cure since apples contain vitamin C. Orchards of studies confirm a diet containing plenty of apples reduces blood cholesterol levels. Eating two or three apples a day engages complex and beneficial physiological processes in the task of reducing blood cholesterol. The curiously ‘Forbidden Fruit’ fosters healthy lungs, prevents heart disease and stroke, assists weight loss, dental health and the reduction of serum cholesterol in the arteries. French researchers indicate apples make vitamin C more available in blood and organs, helping vitamin C from another source go farther.

The National Cancer Institute reports foods containing antioxidants found in apples reduce risk of lung cancer by as much as 50%. Mayo Clinic indicates the Quercetin abundant in apples helps prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells. Phytochemicals in apple skin inhibited the reproduction of colon cancer cells by 43%. Apple hide contains about 4 milligrams of Quercetin, an antioxidant which prevents oxygen molecules from damaging individual cells, which leads to cancer.

Bob on this: If you think peeling apples will get rid of the pesticides you’re correct, but you’re peeling away heavenly nutrients. Enjoy organic and locally grown apples in their original, cosmic packaging.

Apples contain 78 grams of pectin per 100 grams of edible fruit, ranking them fourth among the twenty-four common fruits and vegetables tested. Remember, this only applies when one leaves on the skin. Pectin’s are soluble fibers present in most fruits and veggies. Pectin reduces the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver, slows digestion, and the rise of blood sugar, making it ideal for diabetics.

Choose a variety which browns easily such as a Granny Smith. Genetically modified apples will not turn brown; a bummer sign they don’t contain what we’ve just discussed. In addition, I encourage you to avoid grocery store, processed apple juice and don’t substitute apple juice for the real fruit. Sugar-laden apple juice contains none of the beneficial compounds of potassium, C, quertecin and fiber. Make sure the orchard washes, sanitizes and filters the juice to prevent food-borne illness such as E. coli or salmonella from animal residue.

For a wholesome tasty foodgasm, when you whip up the next batch of Steele cut oatmeal for breakfast; simmer the porridge in apple cider, cinnamon and top with walnuts. You can also follow Eve’s decree by making a fruit smoothie with freshly squeezed apple nectar as your liquid medium.

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