Zentraveler on the Allmighty Apple!

apples-1Why make life so difficult! Why not just listen to your grandmother and eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away! Eve used the apple to entice Adam. Johnny Appleseed went across the United States seeding entire areas so that people could enjoy long healthy lives.

Apples come in many sizes and colors and have many different tastes and consistencies. Some have a hard crunch, others are soft like the Yellow Delicious and others defy the imagination. Just to eat an apple is refreshing and so nutritious for your body.

“Recent studies have suggested that the consumption of apples can help control weight gain, lower the risk of heart disease and fight cancer. Though most people think the flesh of the apple is the most delicious part, the skin is definitely the most nutritious.

The apple skin contains 4 milligrams of quercetin, an anti-oxident compound preventing oxygen molecules from damaging individual cells. This can prevent cell changes that can lead to cancer. A Finnish study concluded that men who had the highest intake of quercetin lowered their risk of heart disease by 20%. This compound has also been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors and keep cancer cells from spreading.

The insoluble fiber found in apples is responsible for a host of other benefits. The apple skin is considered roughage and is a great remedy for constipation. Insoluble fiber also helps the digestive tract run smoothly, helping to prevent diverticulosis, a condition which can lead to colon cancer. Another benefit of insoluble fiber is its “filling” effect, this being an effective appetite supressant.

Apples also contain soluble fiber, which has the opposite affect of insoluble fiber, forming a gel-like material in the digestive tract that can help lower cholesterol, as well as, the risk of stroke and heart disease. One of the soluble fibers found in apples is called pectin. Pectin reduces the amount of cholesterol produced in the liver, slows digestion and and the rise of blood sugar making it ideal for diabetes patients.

To get the maximum amount of benefit from your apple, be sure to choose a variety that browns easily, like Granny Smith. Finally, don’t substitute apple juice for an apples. Though it contains some iron and potassium, apple juice contains little of the beneficial compounds quertecin and fiber.” —essortment.com

You can do so many things with apples. You can make a delicious homemade Dutch apple pie. You can bake apples… add a little brown sugar and almost go to heaven they taste so good. You can go to a fancy restaurant and oder the Waldorf Salad… complete with nuts and apples, which leaves you feeling full without the calorie load so many of us put into our bodies each and every day.

You can drink apple cider, use apple vinegar, eat dried apples as a snack, eat apple turnovers, apple sauce, apple schnitzel, and even end up bobbing for apples at a party.

So there you have it! If you simply want to incorporate an apple a day for eating or to make snacks… it’s as easy as pie and your body will definitely thank you for adding one of the wonders of the world into your daily regimen.

QUOTE: “Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it (religion) should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual and a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.”- Einstein

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Apples are more powerful than Caffeine at helping to stay awake.

Whether Adam and Eve actually ate an apple may still be a big question for historians. Jewish history says the apple was really a fig! Whether the apple was a fig or not, the English word “apple” is an appropriate translation, because etymologically, the English word “apple” is a generic term including all fruits, berries, and nuts. For example, the Old English word for cucumbers is Cucumbers eorþæppla – literally, “earth-apples” or “earth fruit”. Thus, the forbidden fruit could have been an apple, fig, etrog fruit, banana, or even a cucumber – all these species would be covered by the English word “apple” in its traditional sense.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Apple seeds! Just think you could be another Johhnny Appleseed and start spreading the word!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?

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One response to “Zentraveler on the Allmighty Apple!

  1. Wow you did a research! I am impressed. I can see that you take a lot of effort in your writings. More power.

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