Apple
Apple

APPLE

  • A fresh apple is an ideal snack, easy to carry, flavorful, filling, and low in calories. The fruit is eaten fresh or cooked in myriad ways-baked into pies, crisps, and tarts; added to poultry stuffing; and made into jelly, apple butter and sauce.
  • Apple cider vinegar is an ingredient in many salad dressings. Pasteurized juice and fresh pressed cider are popular drinks, while fermented cider, wine, and brandy are gaining popularity.
  • Apple trees thrive in the most temperature climates, but since they’re vulnerable to worms, scale, and other insects, they are usually sprayed with pesticides several times.
  • The Fruit should always be washed carefully before eating; some experts even suggest peeling them, especially if they have been waxed. The wax itself is not a problem but it may prevent pesticide residues from being rinsed off.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

  • “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is an old adage. But it may require more than to do the job. The average fruit provides only 8 mg of vitamin C, which is not much.
  • The nutritional value of this fruit lies elsewhere. It contains a good dose of pectin, the soluble fiber that thickens jellies and helps lower artery-damaging LDL blood cholesterol levels. But the most positive nutritional aspect is the mix of antioxidants apple contain.
  • F lavonoids such as quercetin, prevent LDL cholesterol from being oxidized to a more dangerous form. Researchers have shown that as little as one and a half glasses of apple juice a day can significantly reduce the oxidation of LDL. Another study found that eating 100grams of fresh apple with the skin provided the total antioxidant and anticancer activity equal to 1,500 mg of vitamin C.

CAUTION

  • Escherichia coli and Cryptosporidium have been identified as the cause of serious illness in people who consumed unpasteurized apple juice or apple cider.
  • While the risk of becoming ill from these products is low, children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible and should take precautions by drinking pasteurized juice or cider.
  • Most juices you buy in grocery stores are pasteurized, but caution should be taken when buying drinks at roadside vendors, country fairs, or a visit to local orchards.

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