History of the Apple
The apple tree originally came from somewhere in Eastern Europe and Southwestern Asia. At first, the cultivation process was rather slow and only a fortunate few feasted on apples, primarily those of royal blood. However, as time went on the apple become easier to get and its popularity spread across the globe. Many of the varieties of Apples we see today are hybrids of the original apple.
Fact- Did you know that there are over 7,000 different types of apple varieties on the market today?
Most of us know the story of Adam and Eve, even though there is real mention that the fruit in question wasn't even in fact an apple. Even so, Adam and Eve will always be linked to the apple. The Norsemen believed a mystical apple existed that had magical powers, it was believed that the magic apple would give the bearer eternal life. They also believed that the apple was a good luck charm, and that it kept the person who consumed it regularly in a positive mind frame.
In ancient Greece, Apples were so expensive that only the rich feasted on them. The only other time they were allowed to be eaten,was after a wedding.The bride and groom would share half an apple as token of good fortune and long lasting love.
The most recent story many of us have come to learn as a child, is the story of Johnny Appleseed. The real person’s name was John Chapman, he walked across a range of over 100,000 miles without shoes planting apple trees, and giving Apples to any settlers he came across. He was the foundation for the growth of apples within the United States, which continues to flourish in our modern times.
WHAT MAKES APPLES SO GOOD FOR MY HEALTH?
Apples are actually a good source of Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Fiber, and Calcium. Apples are loaded with phytonutrients, they can help regulate your blood sugar. They’re also loaded with flavonoids like quercetin, which helps to break down sugars much easier in the body. There are a few other mechanisms within the apple that can help too breakdown and regulate sugars within the body as well.
Apples are a good source of fiber, they have around 3 grams of fiber per every 3.5- 4 ounces. It’s always better to leave the skin on the apple when eating it. Many of the apples nutrients are found within the skin of the apple.
If you’re worried about harmful pesticides on the apple, a good way to get them of is by using vinegar. Put the apples in a bowl and load the bowl up with vinegar. Let them sit in the vinegar for about 10 min, the vinegar will neutralize the chemicals during the the time period. Once the ten minutes is up, simply was the apples with some water.
A FEW THE BENEFITS OF EATING APPLES
APPLES FOR ATHLETES
One of the main benefits is that it’s filled with antioxidants that can help fight off free radicals. This helps the body maintain good health and keep it from any inflammation of any sort. It also protects the body from cholesterol within the arteries and veins.
Apples also help to regulate bowel movements keeping your bodies system clean and healthy. Athletes, especially bodybuilders eat a lot to maintain muscle and build muscle mass. So by eating apples it helps the body too consistent bowel movements, keeping your intestinal tract clean from toxins and waste.
Apples are excellent for helping to keep excess weight off. Eating just one apple can keep you full for a few hours. This is an excellent alternative to snacking on junk, since apples are really low in calories, you can even eat 2 apples without worry about packing on weight.
Studies have found that athletes, and those who are really active had more energy and felt less fatigue than those who didn’t. Eating an apple 30-45 minutes prior to activity. can help boost your overall energy, performance, and stamina. Everyone’s different, so try eating an apple 30 minutes before too see how it affects you. If you feel bloated and sluggish, the next time try eating one an hour before and see if that helps out.
APPLES CANCER BENEFITS
Studies have found that by eating apples, you can lower your chances of developing Lung, Breast, and Colon cancer by at least 30 percent. That number can go higher, depending on the type of apple you’re consuming. Remember that the peel has the most nutrients in it, so by peeling the apple, you’re not getting as much quality nutrients as you would if you ate just ate the peel with the apple.
Since apples are a great anti inflammatory fruit, it’s evident that they would be great for asthma. They help to relieve the inflammation in the lungs caused by Asthma. Some studies have shown that by eating 2 apples a day, those with Asthma can decrease the symptoms by around 20-25 percent.
Because of their high water soluble fiber pectin content, and their polyphenols, they’re great at helping to reduce total cholesterol and ldl cholesterol. The antioxidants help to protect against free radicals, and since apples are great for your metabolism, they help to keep your weight under control.It has been said, that in order to feel and receive these benefits, you must eat at least 1 fresh apple a day. Try to buy organic apples instead of cheap ones at grocery stores. The cheap ones are not as high in nutrients, and are ridden with chemicals and toxins.
degeneration of the eye
prevention of bone loss
excellent for immunity
Can help with allergies
Apples can be stored for at least 3 months under the right conditions. Any longer though, and they will lose their nutritional content. Sometimes taste horrible if they end up mushy, so storing them for about 2 weeks tops is around the best time you will get the most nutrients out of your apple.
You can enjoy apples in just about any form, from juices, foods, pies,and many other ways. Many of the nutrients are lost when frying apples, but they still have some good nutritional content in them. Be sure too buy organic apples, and if possible buy apples locally, because they will be the freshest ones.
Great video I found on the benefits of eating apples