Eve gave the apple such a bad rap! Perhaps tainted by that association and its ubiquitous availability, apples may be one of the most notoriously under appreciated superfoods of them all. Its a shame that Eve didnt stick around in the garden of Eden long enough to find out just how super that apple really was.
The Rose Bowl
Speaking of gardens, what do you suppose an apple tree has to do with a rose bush? Theyre kissing cousins! Thats right, apples are members of the rosaceae family as are pears, plums, peaches, strawberries, and even almonds. And there are more than 7,500 apple varieties to savor. Indigenous to Asia and Europe, they were imported to North America by European colonists hundreds of years ago.
As American As Apple Pie
The average American scarfs down almost 20 pounds of fresh, raw apples every year. And then there are the pies, cakes, cobblers, turnovers, applesauce, apple butter, cider, juice, and vinegar we all enjoy. America produces six percent of the worlds apples each year. Washington state leads the country in apple production, shaking some 10 to 12 billion apples from their orchard trees between August and November. Yeah, thats billion with a B, and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, theyre all picked by hand!
An Apple A Day
According to some wise 19th century Welshman, An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and thats proven true for those of us who are smart enough to include this amazing food in our diets.
The daily apples soluble fiber filling can help keep you from filling up on junk and whittle down that muffin top. An apple is a full-service superfood: it fills, fuels, and flushes your system, helping with your weight, your energy level, and your regularity.
Apples are purported to lubricate your lungs, strengthen your heart, restore your respiratory system, detox your bloodstream, fight cancer, heal your intestinal tract, reduce bad cholesterol levels, and increase body fluids. Theyre packed with potassium, vitamins A and C, phosphorus, iron, calcium, flavonoids, and other phytochemicals. All this in a package smaller than the palm of your hand.
The apple is literally engineered to make you the fit, fabulous, energetic person youve longed to be. And if, like Eve, youre tempted to try it, youll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly the pounds will melt away.
In part three of this series well explore the mysteries of the goji and other super berries that can help you lose weight.