Apples to the Rescue!
The California Apple Industry
Everyone’s heard about an apple a day. As one of the most popular fruits in America, it’s easy to get people eating these fiber-rich, crisp and juicy fruits. And that’s a good thing for health: A diet rich in apples has been associated with a host of health benefits, including weight loss, improved lung function, lower risk of stroke, cancer and heart disease. Apples are cholesterol-free, sodium-free and fat-free.
California is the 2nd largest exporter of apples in the United States.
Generating over $105,000,000 annually, the California apple industry is also the 5th largest producer of apples in the United States. California has almost 14,000 acres dedicated exclusively to apples producing the four main varieties: Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Cripps Pink.
15 Health Benefits of Apples
Many of us forget that sometimes, the simplest answers are the best. Better health could be as easy as reaching for the fruit bowl for some apples next time you need a snack. The advantages of apples are abundant, including the following 15 health benefits.
1. Apples Contribute to Whiter, Healthier Teeth
An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
2. Apple Juice May Help to Avoid Alzheimer’s
A new study performed on mice shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain.
3. Apples Help to Protect Against Parkinson’s
Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fiber foods gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. Scientists have linked this to the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants contained therein.
4. California Apples Curb all Sorts of Cancers
Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 percent. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds — triterpenoids — in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Their earlier research found that extracts from whole apples can reduce the number and size of mammary tumours. Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. has recommended a high fiber intake to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
5. Apples Can Decrease Women’s Risk of Diabetes
Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fiber, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.
6. California Apples Reduce Cholesterol
The soluble fiber found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.
7. Apples Make a Healthier Heart
An extensive body of research has linked high soluble fiber intake with a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries. The phenolic compound found in apple skins also prevents the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls.
8. Apples Can Prevent Gallstones
Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain as a liquid, so it solidifies. They are particularly prevalent in the obese. To prevent gallstones, doctors recommend a diet high in fiber to help you control your weight and cholesterol levels.
9. Apples Beat Diarrhea & Constipation
Whether you can’t go to the bathroom or you just can’t stop, fiber found in apples can help. Fiber can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.
10. Apples Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and bloating. To control these symptoms doctors recommend staying away from dairy and fatty foods while including a high intake of fiber in your diet.
11. Apples Also Avert Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are a swollen vein in the anal canal are caused by too much pressure in the pelvic and rectal areas. Part and parcel with controlling constipation, fiber can prevent you from straining too much when going to the bathroom and thereby help alleviate hemorrhoids.
12. California Apples Help to Control Weight
Many health problems are associated with being overweight, among them heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. To manage your weight and improve your overall health, doctors recommend a diet rich in fiber. Foods high in fiber — like apples — will fill you up without costing you too many calories.
13. Apples Detoxify the Liver
We’re constantly consuming toxins, whether it is from drinks or food, and your liver is responsible for clearing these toxins out of your body. Many doctors are skeptical of fad detox diets, saying they have the potential to do more harm than good. Luckily, one of the best — and easiest — things you can eat to help detoxify your liver is fruits like delicious California apples.
14. Apples Boost the Immune System
Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.
15. Apples Can Prevent Cataracts
Though past studies have been divided on the issue, recent long-term studies suggest that people who have a diet rich in fruits that contain antioxidants — like apples — are 10 to 15 percent less likely to develop cataracts.
Resource via: Best Health Mag
Fun Facts About Apples
- Apples are a member of the rose family, Rosacea, that’s why they have a rosy aroma!
- Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crabapple is native to North America.
- If you threw an apple in water, it wouldn’t sink – apples float in water! This is because 25% of their volume consists of air.
- The average apple has 10 seeds.
- A medium-sized apple contains about 4 grams of fiber.
- Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.
- Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds.
- A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.
- Protect cut apples from browning by dipping them into a solution of one part citrus juice to three parts water.
- The Roman Goddess Pomona is the goddess of apples.
- The fear of apples is known as Malusdomesticaphobia.
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