The forbidden fruit. Really?
Adam should’ve thanked Eve, since “A forbidden fruit a day keeps thy doctor away,” is not a hollow parable. Crunching into local, chemical-free apples regularly can prevent cancer, heart disease, kidney stones, provide natural sun protection, fill you up, and prevent tooth decay. Whenever I’m ‘tempted’, I grab Granny Smith. Slap!
If your mommy still peels them for you, tough guy, get over it. Apple skin contains 4 milligrams of quercetin, an antioxidant compound preventing cell-damaging oxygen molecules from injuring individual cells, preventing changes that can lead to cancer. A Finnish study concluded that men who had the highest intake of quercetin lowered their risk of heart disease by 20%. Quercetin inhibits the growth of tumors and keeps cancer cells from spreading.
The crunchy, low calorie spheroids are nutrient dense so they help you maintain a healthy weight while satisfying your devilish sweet tooth. The extraordinarily nutritious fruits are a brilliant holy source of 20 to 30 thousand antioxidants; compared to many other commonly consumed fruits in the US, the second highest level of antioxidant activity. Apple phytonutrients quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, are strong antioxidants. Crunch on this: Adding just one large apple (about 2/3 of a pound) to your daily diet has been shown to decrease serum cholesterol 8-11%. Eating 2 large apples a day has lowered cholesterol levels by up to 16%!
Juicy apples are associated with a reduced risk of asthma and type II diabetes. In addition, eating apples is associated with improved lung function and hastened weight loss. Got bone loss issues? According to a study published in Calcified Tissue International, the flavonoid, phloridzin, found only in apples, may help prevent bone loss associated with menopause. Apple’s insoluble fiber works like bran, glomming on to LDL cholesterol in the digestive tract and gives it the bums rush from your temple. Apple’s soluble fiber, pectin, reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol produced in the liver.
Notice today’s un-holy grocery apples don’t brown? What’s with that? Apples that rust are the most health-giving. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), monstrous imitations of our Universe flawless creations, are plants or animals whose DNA was immorally manipulated to produce certain desired effects — insect or weed resistance in plants, for example. Instead, gather up the family, pick your own, and support your local U-Pick’em.
Sorry, Caramel apples and the pre-cut, bar-coded, stale, packaged brethren don’t count. Sautéed apples in your morning oatmeal made with apple cider, walnuts, and ground flax seed is breakfast nirvana. Your holy temple will return the favor tenfold. Let nature nurture your cells, not a delusional bioengineer that cares nothing about advancing human health.
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