Did you know the average person eats about 65 apples a year?  Apples are easily my favorite fruit.  They are sweet or tart.  Crunchy.  Awesome with peanut butter.  Did I mention they travel well.  Don’t have time?  Grab an apple!  And I haven’t met a child yet that will tell me they don’t like ’em.  So what do these apples do for my health?

A medium apple will yield about 4g of soluble fiberSoluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion.  This slows digestion. This means that while they are sweet they are also a wonderfully filling snack for few calories which means weight-loss!  In addition, soluble fiber may help lower cholesterol, which can help prevent heart disease.

Apples are a good source of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is perhaps best known for its ability to strengthen the immune system…
When we get enough in our diets, vitamin C helps detoxify our bodies, promotes healing of all of our cells, and allows us to better deal with stress. It also supports the good bacteria in our gut, destroys detrimental bacteria and viruses, neutralizes harmful free radicals, removes heavy metals, protects us from pollution, and much more.
Learn more: NaturalNews.com

It is always a good time to eat an apple but an apple before you exercise?  Eating an apple before working out may boost your exercise endurance.  Apples deliver an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.  -Resource

According to Healthdiaries.com apples may be able to:

  • protect your bones.  French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.
  • help with diabetes management.  The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
  • lower cholesterol.  Because the pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent

Apple facts:
Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
Quercetin is found only in the apple skin. The skin also contains more antioxidants and fiber than the flesh.
China produces more apples than any other country.
The apple is the official state fruit of Washington, New York, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
Johnny Appleseed was the nickname for John Chapman, a kind and generous American pioneer born in 1774 who planted apple seeds in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Half the United States apple crop is turned into apple products like applesauce and apple juice.
The only apple native to North America is the crabapple.
There are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown in the world, about 2500 varieties are grown in the United States.
The Adam’s apple is so-called because of a popular idea that it was created when the forbidden fruit got stuck in Adam’s throat when he swallowed it.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no mention of an apple as the forbidden fruit in the Bible. It is referred to as “fruit from the Tree of Knowledge” with no specification as to which kind of fruit. It was Hugo Van Der Goes who first implicated the apple as the forbidden fruit in his 1470 A.D. painting, The Fall of Man. After that, it became popular to depict the apple as the forbidden fruit.

Day 1:  I woke up feeling plenty motivated!  I stretched to Miranda Esmonde’s DVD Classical Stretch.  I ate a bowl of fruit for breakfast.  1 Peach, hand-full of blueberries, and about 6 strawberries.  I drank water all day.  And had a small coffee from my favorite coffee shop.  I ate apples, salad, watermelon, etc whenever I felt hungry.  A great day!