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"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"
Derived from the old English saying, "Ate an apfel avore gwain to bed, make the doctor beg his bread," the original author of this most popular apple saying has been lost to history. Today, the expression rings truer than ever, as our knowledge of apples' many and myriad health benefits increases. (www.usapple.org)
Good to the Core
Apples are low in calories, and an excellent source of pectin, fiber and bulk that aid digestion and help reduce cholesterol levels in the body. Apples supply energy, they’re thirst-quenching -- they’re even a natural toothbrush!
Nutrients found in apples may help protect against high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Waistline management: The average apple has 4 to 5 grams of fiber (20% of your RDA). Fiber-rich foods provide bulk and slow digestion, helping you feel fuller longer.
The skin contains two-thirds of the apple's fiber and lots of cancer-fighting antioxidants. (from RDFOOD, Reader's Digest October 2002)
Apple Nutritional Analysis - serving size 1 apple: Calories: 80; Carbohydrates: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Potassium: 170mg.
The apple's anti-cancer and anti-oxidant benefits
Recent research has found that phytochemicals in apples (in apple flesh and especially the skin) provide anti-cancer and anti-oxidant benefits.
American Institute for Cancer Research Releases Survey ~
The American Institute for Cancer - Research (AICR) released the results of a survey that shows that the public often misjudges pesticide dangers, and that actually the health benefits of fruits and vegetables far outweigh pesticide risks.
According to a recent AICR survey, 77 percent of adults still believe they can reduce their risk of cancer by avoiding vegetables and fruits that have been sprayed with pesticides. However, no experimental study has positively linked pesticide residue to increased cancer risk in humans. In fact, a landmark AICR report recently concluded, "There is no substantial evidence that residues of chemicals as found in food and drink increase human cancer risk."
Adam's apple: This physiological terminology sprung from the conception that the protuberance on a man's throat was caused by a piece of forbidden apple from the Garden of Eden's Tree of Knowledge lodged in Adam's throat, rather than the thyroid cartilage of the larynx.
One bad apple spoils the whole bunch: First coined by Chaucer as, "the rotten apple injures its neighbors." (which is very true!)
The Big Apple: This nickname for one of our nation's greatest cities, New York, dates from the 1930s and '40s, when jazz jived in clubs across the country. The smoky clubs of New York City were the favorite hot spots of the likes of Charlie Parker and other jazz greats, and Manhattan soon became known for having "lots of apples on the tree" – that is, lots of places to play jazz.
Upper crust: In early America, when times were hard and cooking supplies were scarce, cooks often had to scrimp and save on ingredients. Apple pie was a favorite dish, but to save on lard and flour, only a bottom crust was made. More affluent households could afford both an upper and a lower crust, so those families became known as "the upper crust." (www.usapple.org)
This page updated June 6, 2009
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