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10 Reasons to Eat an Apple a Day

Interesting apple facts:

  • There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples. When I lived in England I tasted many different and delicious apples that I never see in Canada.
  • The apple tree is a member of the rose family.
  • When you eat an apple you are consuming a lot of air; 25 percent of their volume is air!
  • Apples have 5 percent protein.
  • Apple trees can live to be 100 years old!
  • The largest apple weighed three pounds.
  • In ancient Greece when a man proposed to a woman would he would toss her an apple and if she decided to catch it, it meant she accepted.
  • The original proverb about eating an apple a day, which came about in 1866, was: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
  • It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.

To get the most from eating powerfood apples:

  • Eat apples with skin to get the nutrients; many of the nutrients are in the skin or just under the skin (most of the vitamin C and vitamin A are in the skin).
  • Apples have been found to be the most heavily pesticide-contaminated produce products according to The Environmental Working Group. The most common pesticides found on apples are Permethrin and DDT. Non organic apples are often waxed which is not digestible.  Try to buy organic apples or if you cannot, wash them thoroughly before use preferably with a fruit and vegetable wash or peel them.

Apple Cautions:

  • As apple seeds are toxic when eaten in high doses, they should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women and children.
  • Apple juice concentrate can be full of arsenic when it is not organic according to Dr. Oz in his research. They did not find arsenic in organic apple juice.

“Any fool can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count all the apples in one seed.” –Robert Schuller

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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6:44PM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

I eat 1 or two home grown apples a day...in the fall.

5:23AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Thank you so much! This is really helpful :).
I will definately try to eat more apples! Does anyone know what apples are the best? Green, red ones?

1:02PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Mahalo!

7:53AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

YES, EAT ORGANIC APPLES....DAILY...EXCELLENT FOR THE DIGESTION ETC!! LOVE'EM!!

5:18AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Good information...I'm starting to actually like eating apples...still prefer them in baked form or applesauce, but slowly liking them raw to just eat.

3:08PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Love Empire apples

12:35AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:49AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

love apples

7:17PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Will definitely try to eat one daily.

12:42PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Thanks for the reminder to eat more apples!

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