CHALLENGE SIXTY-SEVEN: “Apple a Day” Challenge

You know the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well it is true.

Apples are a great source of fiber which helps keep you regular and is good for colon, heart, and liver health. They are a good source of nutrition too. Apples have potassium which is good for those of you who run and exercise. Potassium is good for your muscles. It has vitamin A which is good for your eyes, skin, and mucus membrane (sinuses and nose). Apples have vitamin C too which helps to heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy gums and teeth, and strengthen the immune system. It also helps the body absorb iron. There are even studies that show that vitamin C helps prevent premature aging and age related diseases. There is also a bit of calcium and iron in an apple.

Apples are bulk food. Because they are full of fiber and water you will feel more satisfied eating an apple then say a donut. Filling foods like apples and pears not only make you feel more satisfied but they stay with you longer.

Recent studies out of Washington State and Brazil have shown that people who eat at least three apples or pears a day lose weight.

Someone once told me that they didn’t like apples. I asked them what kind they had eaten. They could not tell me. Most of us just know that our apples come out of a bag we get at the grocery. Most store bagged apples are raised to look good and have long shelf life. They usually have thick skins and hard flesh. They often taste rather, well… plain. Don’t buy bag apples. You may pay a bit more but look at the loose apples or better yet buy from a fruit vendor or orchard for the best and freshest apples. I bought some apples from the Organic Market down the road that didn’t look as nice but boy could you taste the difference.

Store bought apples usually have a bit of wax on the skins to help them look shiny and delicious. The problem is that it makes the peels tough and taste bad. That’s why most kids want you to peel the apple. But there is great nutritional value in the peels so don’t discard them lightly. I even cook my apples with the peels on them.

There are many varieties of apples that are tasty and have a variety of flavors and textures. I like a nice granny smith just to much on because they are crunchy and a bit tart. But I also like Pink Lady and Honeycrisp for their distinct sweetness. I had one friend who said that Honeycrisp were the “crack” of the apple family. I don’t know that I would go that far but they are pretty doggone good.

Your challenge this week is to eat more apples… at least one a day. I’ve made myself hungry… I’m going to go eat an apple!

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