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Organic apples make the perfect health food

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(NaturalNews) Organic apples are one of the most perfect health foods you can eat. They contain a very filling and satisfying type of fiber, which helps with weight control. They also have several powerful nutrients that truly will “keep the doctor away” when consumed on a regular basis.

Pectin

The fiber that is found abundantly in apples is called pectin. This type of fiber is beneficial to your overall health in several ways. Pectin has demonstrated an ability to help lower cholesterol levels. It has also demonstrated a blood sugar stabilizing effect. It has been linked to a lower likelihood of insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.

This also has the effect of reducing the appetite and making one feel fuller longer. Organic apples are an excellent snack for this reason. They register at about 50-80 calories depending on their size, so they have minimum impact on your daily caloric intake.

Quercetin

Apples are rich in a potent antioxidant and flavonoid called quercetin. Flavonoids are the nutrient pigment that colors many fruits and vegetables. Quercetin is also a potent anti-inflammatory and natural antihistamine. It is therefore considered an excellent nutrient for cancer and heart disease prevention as well a potent anti-allergy nutrient.

Studies have shown that children who consume apples frequently have lower rates of asthma. This furthers the theory that quercetin is a powerful natural histamine blocker. Consuming apples on a regular basis may also help improve allergy symptoms in adults.

Polyphenols

Apples also contain a potent antioxidant group of nutrients called polyphenols. Polyphenols are mostly known for their presence in red wine and green tea, and apples are a little known source of this powerful nutrient. The polyphenols that are found in apples are different from other sources of this nutrient in that they are water soluble.

This increases their bioavailability making them an excellent source of this beneficial compound. Diets high in polyphenols are associated with lower cancer rates, better heart health and enhanced immune function.

Always be sure to buy the most unblemished apples you can find in addition to only buying organic. When an apple is bruised, it means that its polyphenol content has oxidized. This means the protective properties of these powerful antioxidants are no longer as potent.

Many of the strongest and most beneficial polyphenols are contained in the skin of the apple. So when eating an apple, eat the entire fruit and don’t peel the skin if you want maximum nutritional benefit.

The exceptional polyphenol content combined with the pectin also helps lower blood fat levels. This benefit has only been observed when whole apples are regularly consumed. At least one whole apple per day must be eaten to gain this effect.

Sources for this article include:
http://helpguide.org/life/organic_foods_pest…
http://www.dietaryfiberfood.com/pectins.php
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/quercetin…
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspi…

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033945_organic_apples_health_food.html#ixzz3Du21WCUz

 

Community Orcharding depends on local growers raising nutritious fruit for customers who recognize the full value of such pioneering work. Appreciable challenges need to be met to bring an organic fruit harvest to table. Our holistic orchard network focuses on sharing sustainable fruit growing techniques that emphasize orchard soil health which in turn makes for healthy trees and thus healthy apples and — blessed be! — healthy people.

The vision of many biological orchards providing wholesome and flavorful apples and other fruits to families and neighbors is part of a much larger local foods movement. The time has come for small-scale answers that make sense for our planet and our lives.

http://www.groworganicapples.com/

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Apple Trees ~ Malus Domestica Plant Care Guide

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https://auntiedogmasgardenspot.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/apple-trees-malus-domestica-plant-care-guide/

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14 responses

  1. My neighbor on the North right site of my lot, have some 150 apple trees, and the one on the Est left site, has some 200 pistachio trees😀 ….I just don’t like apples or pistachios lately …. lol
    But I was given an spare Fig tree from the one who grows apples and plant it in front of my cottage front yard & garden in town …ha ha…Yummm, can’t wait till it gets on fruit/s …Love figs tho😀

    September 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    • i do not like figs, never have, but i like prunes so go figure lol. i would kill for pistachio tree😀

      September 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      • It is funny sometimes how different we individual are on tastes or cravings😀 …I will not kill, but steal if I have to, for anything I like …LOL
        Oh yes, I love to munch on dry prunes also sometimes…Laughing on this, just yesterday I find my container of dry prunes hidden in my other refrigerator close to the back door of the house, so I took it out quick and put it on the one in the kitchen …I hide things in the fridge often, and I forget which one is…..ha ha😀
        Cheers

        September 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      • lol, i do that too hide things and forget about them😀

        September 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      • FORGETTING,…. It comes with age I have been told …😀 Yayyyyyyy, …LOL

        September 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      • lol🙂😛

        September 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

  2. I love apples but we just can’t grow them here as the possums ADORE them. Anything in the roseaceae family is highly sought out and scoffed. Only one of the roses on the property has leaves (climbing banksia rose) and the rest are stripped as soon as they start to grow them. I wonder how they survive to be honest and it is strange to have sticks with flowers on (the possums don’t eat the flowers)😉

    September 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    • lol, sorry about the rose family😦 …. my morning glories are like that this year. i put them in a basket so i could grow them all over the porch rails but all the foilage turned yellow or died but they are still blooming, albeit not as much as usual. note to self ~ no mgs in baskets

      September 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      • Yeah, we live and we learn and we keep living and we keep learning eh?😉.

        September 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      • hopefully😉 i have much to learn yet🙂

        September 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      • Ditto…we never stop learning till we push up the daisies and as you see, nature still wins!😉 GO DAISIES!😉

        September 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      • lol, very true🙂 have been watching forgotten planet and it does not take long for nature to return after the humans have moved out

        September 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      • We haven’t mown the lawn in a year and there are 2 blackwood trees growing like crazy in the middle of it. Tempted to just let them grow😉

        September 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      • lol, let them grow🙂

        September 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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