Hooray for the all-American apple! Boiled, baked, stewed, juiced, fried, dried, or raw, apples are as American as rock-and-roll.
Eating this amazing little fruit is one of the simplest ways to improve and maintain good health at a reasonable cost.
Apples are high in fiber, which is important for eliminating toxins from the body, lowering cholesterol, and regulating blood sugar, appetite, cell growth in the colon lining, and the action of bile acids in the body.
Apples are a great source of antioxidants because they contain vitamin C and a phytonutrient called quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid which is currently being researched for its anti-cancer properties, especially against lung and prostate cancer.
There is only about 10 mg of vitamin C in an average apple, but when combined with the quercetin, research has shown that the effects in the body are equivalent to 1500 mg of vitamin C. Now, that's powerful stuff!
Apples have been proven to have antiviral, antiseptic, and laxative properties, contain a natural sugar called sorbitol, and a wide variety of important vitamins and minerals.
Researchers believe that regular consumption of apples can improve lung function, lower the risks of cancer, heart disease, and stroke, contribute to weight loss, and protect the brain from degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
The Washington Apple Commission recommends eating at least one apple a day in order to reap these benefits.
Cooked apples are easier to digest than raw ones. Apple juice -- especially freshly pressed -- has almost the same benefits as the whole apple.
Apples are a traditional part of the school lunch box. In the kitchen, apples combine well with other fruits and vegetables.
For free recipes and more information, go to the Washington Apple Commission website at
Dawn Pisturino, RN
February 25, 2007
Published in The Kingman Daily Miner, June 26, 2007.
Copyright 2012 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.