“The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the apple seed.  The Lord is good to me.”  That’s the Johnny Appleseed Blessing Song that we Girl Scouts sang before meals.  It has a catchy tune and lots of truth!  Apples are definitely a blessing for all of us to enjoy.  They are typically available year round, require minimal preparation, and are a delicious on-the-go snack. Enjoy antioxidant-rich apples!

Apples were planted in North America by early colonists in the 1600’s.  Johnny Appleseed was a real person with the real name of John Chapman.  He covered an area of 100,000 square miles (barefoot!) planting apple trees in the 1800s.  He is credited with making sure that there were apple orchards for future generations to enjoy.  Actually a member of the rose family, there are over 7,500 varieties grown throughout the world.  

START SOMEWHERE giving your body what it craves.  Here are some reasons that apples will help you LIVE YOUNGER.  They:

  • Contain soluble and insoluble fiber.  Dietary fiber is absolutely essential if you want to feel good!  An apple provides about 4.5 grams of fiber. It helps keep you going!
  • Have a good variety of antioxidant nutrients.  Beta carotene, lutein, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and Vitamin C help protect the body from illness-inducing free radicals.  This is a great anti-aging strategy!
  • Are low on the glycemic index scale.

Buy organic apples and eat the peeling!  The peel is an abundant source of antioxidant polyphenols, which give the apple peel it’s gorgeous color. Frequently discarded, it has a high concentration of memory-protecting quercetin.  The peeling also contains ursolic acid, which seems to increase muscle and brown fat.  A special antioxidant, a flavonoid called cyanidin 3-galactoside, is found in red apple peels.  It has been shown to inhibit LDL (the bad cholesterol).

What about the seeds?  I used to hear that these tiny black seeds were poisonous but have found that to be untrue.  In fact, they do contain amygdalin, which is a substance that releases cyanide via human digestive enzymes.  However, toxicity is extremely rare and you would have to eat about 20 apple cores to get a lethal dose.  Don’t stress if you accidentally eat a seed.  I try to eat an organic apple everyday and munch on one or two of the seeds intentionally.  

Remember, no single substance can do the same job as when they work together in whole food.  When you need some crunch and sweetness, reach for this juicy goodness that has been a part of American culture and history.  I love to eat a crisp apple with almond butter!  Whatever variety you choose, LIVE YOUNGER by enjoying the delicious benefits of antioxidant-rich apples.  The wise saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has withstood the test of time!

Antioxidant-Rich Apples

Antioxidant-Rich Apples