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An Apple a day……

Ever wonder if the phrase “An apple a day, keeps the Doctor away” is actually based on truth?  We pack these puppies in our kids’ lunches just like our parents did but do we ever stop and ponder “What’s in an apple?”

After having endless returns of apples in my sons lunch bags I decided that if I wanted to insist that they eat them I better give them some good reasons why. Since Gabe, the younger of the two seems to like food facts I thought the best way to get him to eat them was to give him food for thought.  

 ABC’s on Apples:

  •  Nature’s toothbrush – Apples help prevent tooth decay because the biting and chewing stimulates saliva (If I could say that it replaces the toothbrush then I’d have a real selling point with my boys!!)
  •  Mind over Matter – Apples increase vital neurotransmitters that help to combat the effects of aging on the brain as well as lower the risk of Alzheimers
  •  Protect your Plumbing – Apples are high in fibre which helps prevent constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and can even help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Do boys ever grow out of potty talk? They are 10 and 13, please let me know)
  • Keep the doctor away – Apples contain quercetin which is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster
  •  Protect your Peepers – The antioxidant properties in apples help to prevent cataracts
  •  Long Live the Liver – both the fibre and antioxidants found in apples help to detoxify and support the liver
  •  Put Parkinson’s in Park – The antioxidants in apples protect against free radicals  damage that can cause the breakdown of dopamine
  • The Skinny on Apples – High in Fibre, low in calories, apples are good for any diet!
  •  The Big C – Apple peels contain triterpenoids that have been identified to have powerful anti growth activities in cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Since they are also rich in fibre apples also reduce the risk of colorectal cancer
  • The Heart of the Matter – Apples protect your heart by aiding in lowering cholesterol levels and keeping your arteries healthy

It is clear that apples indeed have many health benefits so we can attest to the truth in that age old phrase.  But will it be enough to get my kids eating the shiny fruit instead of sending them packing?  I will tackle that, one apple at a time.

 Happy Friday the 13th!!!!

-Heidi

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