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An Apple a Day

Posted by terrepruitt on May 3, 2011

You know that saying, right?  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I was in the habit of eating an apple about four to five times a week. But then I got out of that habit. This week I had one in my salad and it was very satisfying. It took care of any sweet tooth I had. It was nice.

I forgot that apples might even help with allergy relief. I wrote about it in my Allergy Relief post. Now that I am thinking about it my allergies have been better and I have eaten an apple the last couple of days. Amazing sometimes how I don’t even realize how some foods are helping me. Apples contain quercetin which acts as an antihistamine. As I mention in that post quercetin is also an anti-inflmmatory. I can see how — if apples help with just these two things — they can help keep the doctor away.

The quercetin might also help regulate blood sugar. We all understand high blood sugar is not good, neither is low blood sugar so a simple food, such as an apple, which helps regulate it is awesome. One thing that a regulated blood sugar does is help keep you feeling full. Which alone could help with blood sugar regulation because then I am not eating things that are convenient and maybe not so healthy.

Apples have good fiber, not great fiber, but added to a healthy diet they can certainly give you a good percentage of our daily needed fiber.

With all the good stuff apples have in them they might be considered to help protect against cancer. The dietary fiber helps with the elimination of cancer causing chemicals in the colon, according to “Power Your Diet”. Apples contain antioxidants which have been associated with prevention of some cancers.

As with most fruits and vegetables, raw is better in that it preserves a better portion of the nutrients, but an apple can be eaten so many ways. There is raw plain, or raw with a dip. There is baked or sautéed. They can be added to things. Plus there are so many types. I like hard apples, so I like Galas and Fujis. I am not a fan of Delicious apples, they are too soft. Pippins are really hard, but very tart.

I don’t like cooked apples. I like them raw. What about you? What is your favorite apple? What is your favorite way to eat apples? If your favorite way to eat an apple is in an apple pie, that’s ok, you can admit that here. We won’t judge, I mean, apple pie is American after all.

8 Responses to “An Apple a Day”

  1. I do eat alot of apples, perhaps not one a day, but at least 3-4 a week. I also cut up apple into my tuna salad. I know that sounds crazy (at least my husband thinks so), but I love the taste of apples in tuna salad…and in any salad actually.

    And I don’t like apple pie (is that un-American?) I do like cooked apples over ice cream, I just don’t like them in a pie.

    I’m with you on Delicious apples. My favorite are the Honey Crisp which are only available in the fall. I like Galas. I like a sweet, crunchy apple.

    You’re a peach! Oh wait…no, you’re a sweet, crunchy apple!!!


    • Good for you. I think that 3 or 4 a weekis great, it is almost one per day. 🙂 I think I remember you saying you put apple in your tuna and Frank doesn’t like that. I don’t eat tuna so I can’t say, but I do know that I have apples and walnuts with chicken and that is good.

      I don’t like apple pie either. I don’t like fruit pies at all. How do you cook your apples to put over ice cream?

      CRUNCHY that is what I should have said, not “HARD”, but oh well. I THINK I might have had a Honey Crisp, but I am not certain. I just bought a bunch of Galas. I am going to take a picture of them and post it with this post. I like sweet and crunchy, but I don’t mind the pippins. Pippins are so sour sometimes they can make you squint!

      Thank you for being here, my friend. Means the world to me!


  2. You are my Apple a day. And in the worlds of the immortal F. Flintstone “You’re the perfect peach my dear. Together, we’re a pear.”


    • Oooh, last night I almost asked you to visit my blog, but I didn’t because I know you are so busy. But thank you soooooo much for being here and commenting. You maka me laugh!



  3. SuziCate said

    Awe, how sweet the above is!!!! Love me some apples, raw or cooked. I love the more crisp tart ones, not as fond of the softer, milder ones. Apples always take me back to childhood days in the orchards.


    • I bet. I thought it was funny I posted about apples and then I saw your sisters apple orchard post. I was going to post about apples again, but I didn’t. Maybe tomorrow.

      You like ’em cooked? How? I think cooked apples are interesting. I typically think of baked


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