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October 25, 2004

Apples

Apples are a low calorie, low sodium, no fat, no cholesterol snack food.

They are also high in fiber.

The flesh of one medium apple provides 1.07 grams pectin, a soluble food fiber that appears to lower serum cholesterol.

The apple also has 2.03 grams lignin and cellulose; in-soluble food fibers that help bulk up stool, help prevent constipation, and, according to the American Cancer Society, may reduce your risk of colon cancer.

Apples also provide boron, a nutrient that increases the body’s absorption of calcium and may protect against osteoporosis. In 1989, researchers at the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service in Grand Forks, North Dakota, estimated that adults need about 3.0mg boron a day, an amount easily obtained from two fresh apples. In 1989, scientists at the Horosaki University School of Medicine in Japan reported that people who eat three or more apples a day seem less likely to develop high blood pressure as they get older even if they consume (as most Japanese do) a diet rich in high sodium foods such as soy sauce.

Last but not least, apples store well. They will stay fresh and crisp for months in a cool dry cellar, providing fresh fruit all winter long. That may be why they have been considered health food for hundreds of years.

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I love apples. Didn't know about the boron. I wonder if tha amount of boron differs in the thousands of different types of apples that exist. :)

Posted by: Nia | Oct 25, 2004 10:29:18 AM

Sure. Apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Posted by: SV | Oct 25, 2004 6:40:32 AM

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