The apple is one of the most widely cultivated fruit trees — did you know it was part of the rose family? — and the wonderful apple is available almost everywhere.
Apples come in a variety of colors, textures, tastes, and they are always convenient. They come in their own wrapper and keep well at room temperature for weeks. You can take an apple with you just about any where you go. Since you can eat them raw they make excellent snacks and are a great part of any meal. Apples can be cooked, baked, stewed, canned, and juiced, but if you choose your apple in a processed form watch out for excessive sugars and other additives. Apples are, I think, best eaten in their natural condition.
You’ve heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Well, there is no question that an apple is very good for your health. An apple has a low glycemic index. Research suggests that eating apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer due to their content of phenolic phytochemicals which are believed to be cancer-protective and demonstrate antioxidant activity.
Apples contain relatively low amounts of vitamin C, when compared to many other fruits and vegetables, but they are a rich source of other antioxidant compounds. The fiber content is also less than most other fruits, but is enough to help regulate the bowels and, in this way, may reduce the risk of colon cancer. Apples may also help with heart disease, weight loss, and controlling cholesterol, as they do not contribute any cholesterol to the diet, and have fiber, which reduces cholesterol by preventing re-absorption. Like most fruits and vegetables apples are quite bulky for their caloric content making them a satisfying snack.
There are more than 7500 cultivated varieties of apples growing from temperate climates to the sub-tropics. You are sure to be able to find a variety of apple you enjoy and, let’s face it, one apple has more sustainable energy than a cup of coffee!
Your friend in health,
Coach Adam Cobb