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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Nutritionists are still reminding us that these words of Hippocrates are still relevant. The UNC Nutrition Research Institute tells us that eating apples has a protective benefit. Studies have been done on how the consumption of dried apples positively affected bone density in postmenopausal women. Apples are a rich source of soluble fibers, especially pectin, and dietary fiber lowers cholesterol. Pectin can significantly reduce total cholesterol. In the study, the consumption of 2½ apples daily over a six-month period reduced cholesterol by about 14 percent. Not only did the “bad” cholesterol decrease in the apple-consuming group, but “good” HDL cholesterol increased. Those in the study consuming apples also reduced inflammatory markers and oxidative stress markers significantly. Apples also contain a variety of phytochemicals, including querce-

tin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid ~ all strong antioxidants that can inhibit cancer cell proliferation. Only one fruit has higher antioxidant activity, and that is the cranberry. Apples seem to be the almost perfect food. They are fat free, sodium free, low in calories, contain only natural sugars, no artificial colors or flavors, and are an excellent source of fiber. Maybe this was what John Chapman, a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed, was thinking when he traveled from Massachusetts through Pennsylvania to Ohio and Indiana, planting apple orchards as he went. He wanted to produce 55

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