An old proverb attests to the health benefits of the apple: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” So are all apples the same? Check out these tips on how to buy apples to maximize the health benefits.
Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Apples are definitely superfoods –profound superfoods. They are rich in polyphenols, flavonoids and are loaded with antioxidants.
How to buy Apples? – BUY ORGANIC
When shopping for apples at the market, you will definitely want to buy them organic if possible. Organic apples don’t look like grocery store apples. They are typically smaller, less shiny, and have blemishes. Some mainstream grocery stores now have an organic produce section. If you find that your market does not, try Whole Fields, Sprouts or other similar type of organic supermarkets.
The soil that the tree is grown in determines if the apple is organic. If the soil has been treated with insecticides or pesticides or if the tree has been sprayed with chemicals, it cannot be called organic.
WAX ON WAX OFF
Organic apples are not waxed. This is why organic apples will “appear” less appealing than commercial apples. Remember, looks are not everything. Waxing apples compromise the fiber from the skin and will lock in the harmful chemicals of the insecticides and other chemicals.
NO SKIN OFF MY APPLE
Leave the skin on apples. The phytonutrients and antioxidants contained in the skin of apples can be up to 6 times that found in the body of the apple itself.
THE BEST APPLE
I attempted to research this question carefully, (as I have been asked this more than once) and gave up. One study touted the Pendragon apple as the healthiest (an obscure, English variety that you’ll never find in your local supermarkets so who cares), another said Red Delicious, another said Golden Delicious, and so on and so forth. The bottom line, the healthiest apple is the one you are eating.
Don’t be afraid to make that apple pie! If you use organic apples and organic butter, sprouted-wheat crust, and don’t add any processed sugar but perhaps sprinkle a little brown sugar on top after it is cooked, you have a very healthy desert!
Apples are a tremendous life-giving, health-promoting food. Whether you’re eating an Albany Beauty or a Zabergau Reinette, the best apple is the one you’re eating.
APPLES IN SUPERFOOD DRINKS
I love using organic apple juice mixed with my superfood drink powders. Apple juice not only helps to sweeten the drink, especially if you are using a hardcore greens drink powder, but also adds even more phytonutrients to your superfood drink. There are a number of good organic apple juices at almost all supermarket chains. I would try and avoid the big-name commercial brands as many contain additives and tons of sugar.