You know what they say about an apple a day

 You know what they say about an apple a day

Did you know ... One of my favorite fall treats is the Honeycrisp apple. As I was sitting at my computer indulging in a yummy, cold, crisp Honeycrisp, I was reminded of the old adage--an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Come to find out, this is old saying is proving time and again to be absolutely true. This antioxidant rich fruit was named by the Iowa Women's Health Study (a 20-year investigation of the health habits of 34,000 women) to be one of the top three best foods for reducing the risks of death due to heart disease in post-menopausal women. The apple is in good company with pears and red wine. I must have a REALLY healthy heart!

You know what they say about an apple a day

Other studies, which have included as many as 10,000 people, have concluded that apples also lower the risks of of developing breast, colon and lung cancers, as well as type II diabetes. And, apples are known to help people lose weight, unless of course they are sliced, buttered, floured and resting inside a pie crust!

Apple Facts

  • One apple a day provides 1500 milligrams of vitamin C.
  • Apples assist your digestive system with their high fiber content and can help reduce cholesterol levels.
  • A flavanoid called phloridzin (only found in apples) may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and also increases bone density; and guess what?
  • Boron is another ingredient in apples that strengthens bones.
  • Women who eat lots of apples while pregnant have lower rates of babies who develop asthma; and, children who eat an apple a day are less likely than their non-apple-eating counterparts to develop asthma.
  • Apples may even protect brain cells from developing Alzheimer's disease.

I think I will have another Honeycrisp!

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