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Author: phillip skinner

It's getting close to apple season in my neck of the woods, and I'm planning a road trip real soon to pickup some Honeycrisp apples with a buddy of mine (we make an annual trip out of it, buying about 100-200 lbs of apples together, from an apple farm about 2 hours away).

We also like to try new varieties of apples... but the Honeycrisp is really hard to beat!

The UK apple season has arrived, and there is really no excuse to buy imported Apples, although you will still find most supermarkets are mostly selling imports.  Waitrose however sells the largest amount of UK apples, and also has bought up fruit which would not match up to the usual supermarket standard of perfection, in an attempt to promote more natural produce, and support British farmers and growers who have been so heavily struck by the terrible UK weather.

Speaking of apples... I wanted to share some of the health benefits of apples, so you have extra motivation to eat more apples and live a healthier life!

An old proverb attests to the health benefits of the fruit:

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Like many fruits, apples contain Vitamin C as well as a host of other antioxidant compounds, which may reduce the risk of cancer by preventing DNA damage.

The fibre content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. They may also help with heart disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol, as they do not have any cholesterol, have fibre (which reduces cholesterol by preventing reabsorption), and are bulky for their caloric content like most fruits and vegetables.

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A group of chemicals in apples could protect the brain from the type of damage that triggers such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer's and Parkinsonism. Chang Y. 'Cy' Lee of the Cornell University found that the apple phenolics, which are naturally occurring antioxidants found in fresh apples, can protect nerve cells from neurotoxicity induced by oxidative stress. The researchers used red delicious apples from New York State to provide the extracts to study the effects of phytochemicals.
 
Lee said that all apples are high in the critical phytonutrients and that the amount of phenolic compounds in the apple flesh and in the skin vary from year to year, season to season and from growing region to growing region (November/December 2004 issue of the Journal of Food Science). The predominant phenolic phytochemicals in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2 (PMID 14558772).

The seeds are mildly poisonous, containing a small amount of amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside, but a large amount would need to be chewed to have any toxic effect.[2]

Pesticide contamination is linked to an increasing number of diseases, and they are mostly found on the outside of fruits and vegetables.
Washing or peeling before eating may reduce pesticide intake[3] but peeling will also reduce the intake of the beneficial nutrients.

Apple consumption can also help remove trapped food and clean between the teeth.

If you would like to learn more about natural remedies for other health issues like high blood pressure/hypertension, cholesterol, acid reflux, arthritis, gout, kidney stones, gallstones, thyroid problems, lyme disease, female issues, male issues, bad breath, depression, and more, please visit our main website:

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You can also read our blog, which is linked from that page, too.

Yours for excellent apples,
Joe

p.s. If you know of a variety of apple that you think tastes better than the Honeycrisp, please let me know!


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