Before we talk about one my favorite foods and why it should be one of your favorite foods, one quick plug:
If you Google- “the importance of being yourself,” you’ll find posts and posts on the topic. It is important, vitally important. And before you mumble the obtuse question- “Who else would you be?” I mean, being you, instead of trying to be someone else. But let’s take it a couple steps further… Not only is it important to be yourself, don’t compare yourself to other people! You are not in a competition with the girl next to you on the treadmill. And while you’re not comparing yourself- (because comparison is the thief of joy anyway) call out the good you see in others! Instead of being jealous of that girl’s dress, compliment her on it. Share joy, instead of letting jealousy eat it away.
Okay. My rant is done.
Now, onto apples. My favorite food and the best food ever, at least, in my humble (and correct) opinion. Here’s why they should be your favorite too:
- I might not entirely sure what flavenoids are, (I think they’re a large group of compounds that are all antioxidants…) but apples have them, and they’re mega good for you. As in, they make apples weapons against cancer and cholesterol, and they “strong neuroprotective effects,” which means they could help stave off Alzheimer’s Disease.
- It also looks like they help protect your heart. Researchers from the University of California-Davis found that apples and apple juice may help slow the oxidation process that is involved in the build up of plaque that leads to heart disease.
- Apples are rich in fiber. And if you’re like me and you have a finicky digestive system, (TMI?) fiber is your friend.
- They taste really, really good.
All of that said, let me issue this major disclaimer: I am not a scientist or a health professional. I am merely someone who likes to learn and to share what I have learned. I didn’t list any benefits, however, that I did not find mentioned in multiple credible sources.
I’ll leave you with this last bit of information, quoted from an article in the Nutrition Journal- “Apple Phytochemicals and Their Health Benefits” by Jeanelle Boyer1 and Rui Hai Liu, of the Department of Food Science and Institute of Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York:
“Apples are a widely consumed, rich source of phytochemicals, and epidemiological studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes.”
So, don’t just take my word for it. Apples are the best. In the spring, my personal favorite is the Pink Lady, and in the fall, my favorite apples are Honeycrisps. Happy munching.
ps. the pic above is of me and a little apple muncher after my own heart- my nephew Jay.