Five Interesting Facts About Apples

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Apples are one of nature’s most perfect fruits. They are low in calories, high in fiber and can even reduce your risk of developing cancer or heart disease. This versatile fruit has earned the reputation it’s built as a way to keep the doctor away.

Unfortunately, the apple has been such a staple of mankind’s diet for so many years that it’s lost a bit of its glamor, as anything that’s been around almost as long as mankind itself is bound to get overlooked from time to time.  Apples originated in central Asia thousands of years ago and they’ve played an important part in the religion and cultures of many societies since that time.

Hundreds of years ago, Europeans brought apples with them to North America when they settled down here and the fruit would eventually become as commonplace in this country as “mom’s apple pie.” What image is more American than that of Johnny Appleseed spreading his knowledge of apple trees around this great nation?

However, there may be a little mystery left in this little pomaceous fruit. Here are five interesting tidbits about apples that may surprise you.

  1. An apple allergy is actually a pollen allergy. Although it’s not terribly common, some people do experience an allergy to apples. However, the allergy doesn’t stem from the allergy but from the birch pollen found on the outside of the fruit.
  2. Apples are a wonderful diet food. Toss away that 100 calorie snack pack and pick up an apple instead. For the same amount of calories you’ll get a blast of fiber and ursolic acid—the compound that’s been shown as an effective way to reduce fat and burn calories in mice.
  3. Apples are the most diverse food plant on the planet. Once upon a time, more than 16,000 apple varieties were found in America alone. Nowadays, there’s still a respectable amount—the USDA says there’s more than 2,000 different varieties of apple to choose from.
  4. Apples can lower your LDL cholesterol levels. Apples actually block the absorption of cholesterol, which means that your body has to use it all up instead of storing it. The key lies in the soluble fiber found inside.
  5. Apples can help with breathing problems. Apples are a great source of quercetin, an antioxidant found in apple skins that improve lung function. If you’re expecting a baby, you may want to increase your apple eating, as women who eat plenty are less likely to have babies with asthma.

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it’s still no substitute for your doctor of chiropractic. A healthy diet, combined with exercise and regular trips to visit your chiropractic team will keep you healthy and looking great.

 

Story credit, Photo credit: Apples by msr. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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