not everyday I find a box Ö a big box Ö of fresh apples on
my front porch. In the middle of winter, no less. It was from
a friend who insisted I try this new type of "Envy"
apple. Interesting name; these apples are a cross between the
more familiar Gala and Braeburn varieties. And they are grown
around the world in regions of New Zealand, Chile and
Washington (our nationís top apple growing state).
die-hard Fuji fan but hey, when youíve got a case of crunchy
sweet red apples sitting on your counter, why not?
called my friend to thank him, he said, "I eat one every
day. Is that OK?"
than OK. Hereís how a beloved apple a day can help keep the
doctor (and the dentist) away:
nutritious fruit. Apples are "fruits" ó the parts
of flowering plants that bear seeds. A medium-sized apple ó
about 3 inches in diameter ó provides about 95 calories of
energy, according to the National Nutrient Database of the
United States Department of Agriculture. One apple provides
about 25 grams of carbs (in the form of fructose, a natural
fruit sugar) of which 4 grams are in the form of dietary fiber
not a great source of vitamin C like citrus fruits and
strawberries, applesí claim to nutritional fame is soluble
fiber. This type of dietary fiber forms a gel in the
intestinal tract that helps pull cholesterol out of the
system. And thatís good for keeping arteries clear. Eat your
apples with the skin to get the most benefit.
low in potassium. And thatís good news for people with
kidney disease who must avoid foods high in this nutrient.
help meet our daily quota for fruit. According to the most
current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, vegetarians and
omnivores alike need to eat 1 to 2 cups of fruit, preferably
whole fruit, each day. And we get the best mix of nutrients
when we choose a variety of fruit, apples included.
tooth brush. The high water and fiber content of whole fruit
helps to clean the teeth when we munch, says the American
Dental Association. Crunching on fruit (and vegetables) also
stimulates the production of saliva which can wash harmful
acids away from our teeth.
and convenient. Throw an apple in your purse or backpack for a
snack when daytime energy lulls. Slap on some peanut butter or
a slice of cheese and youíve got the perfect combination of
protein and carbs, even for people with diabetes.
to store apples? Refrigerate your apples at about 32 degrees
F. (cold but not freezing) for best quality, says the
Washington Apple Commission. Although they look lovely in a
fruit bowl, experts say apples stay crispy and crunchy longer
(up to 3 weeks) when refrigerated.