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What ever happened to all of the apple hype? You know, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," or "Bring your teacher an apple." We need to bring back the apple! Apples help you cut your cholesterol, lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, help detoxify your body, assist in anti-aging and cut the rate of asthma.
When apple picking this fall, you'll enjoy your bushel so much more if you remember some of these important apple facts.
Apples, offer anywhere from 90-97% more antioxidants when eaten whole versus juiced. This rich source of antioxidants helps protect against the oxidative stress which has shown to contribute to various diseases and the aging process. Loaded with vitamin C, fiber, quercitin (a great detoxifier, also found in blueberries and onions), and boron, apples are the perfect complement to any de-tox plan. With its soluble fiber, apples produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in the intestine, encouraging the healing and nourishing of the cells in the large intestine which assists in decreasing cholesterol levels. According to research at the Harvard School of Public Health, flavanoid-rich apples have been found to significantly reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. With the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of apples, English researchers have seen a lower incidence of asthma.
Since apples have a high concentration of pesticides, try to look for organic varieties to avoid unnecessary chemicals and sprays.
Here's one of my favorite apple recipes, a crunchy apple crisp.
4 large apples
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. melted butter
1/2 cup water
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Then, peel, core and slice the apples. Put the apples in a bowl and mix in 1/2 cup brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, using a fork, mix together 1 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
In another bowl beat together 1 egg, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 1/2 cup water. Add them to the dry ingredients. You've now made the topping.
Put the apples in baking dish and pour the topping over them.
Bake in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes. When it's done the apples should be soft and the topping golden and crisp. Remove from oven and let cool.