Tis the season, for apples, apples, apples!
Did you know . . .
- Apples date back to 6500 B.C.? Remains of apples were found during the excavation of Jericho in the Jordan Valley, which was dated to this time period.
- In 79 A.D.., Pliny the Elder described 20 varieties of apples in his work, Natural History (note: I actually have a nephew named Pliny. He’s awesome. An architect that does a lot of green design [for Whole Foods stores around the world] although people often ask him to repeat his name.)
- Apples are actually part of the rose family?
- The average American eats 45 pounds of apples a year!
- “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” comes from an old English saying, “To eat an apple before going to bed, will make the doctor beg his bread.”
- In 1100 A.D., the medical school of Salerno, taught that apples could help disturbances of the bowels, lungs and nervous system.
Health benefits of apples . . .
- Great source of fiber with about 4 grams for a medium apple (only about 95 calories)
- Good source of immune-boosting vitamin C
- Can help lose weight
- Can help lower cholesterol
- Can help reduce risk of diabetes
- Can reduce risk of certain cancers:
- One study of showed that the flavonoids, quercetin and naringin in apples could reduce lung cancer risk up to 50%
- Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research found that consuming flavonol-rich apples could help reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23%
- Researchers at Cornell University identified triterpenoids in apple peel that have a lot of anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon, and breast.
I’m sure this is all great, but I’m sticking to organically grown apples – minus the toxic chemicals please! Apples are the #1 worst foods (loaded w/ pesticides when non-organically grown) on the Dirty Dozen foods list published by Environmental Working Group in their annual study of conventionally grown foods v. organic foods in terms of pesticides.