Monday, January 3, 2011

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Since we're ready to begin our 12 Days of Healthy Foods, I thought it was only appropriate that we start at the beginning..."A" is for apple...So away we go!
"A" for apple might very well represent "A" for amazing. There are over 7000 varieties of apples in the world, and it seems there is something for everyone. Different colors, different textures, different sizes, sweet or tart...there's an apple for every preference and every cooking need.
The health benefits of apples have been well-documented. High in Vitamin C and fiber, apples have also been shown to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and aid in diabetes management. Researchers have also found that apples help build strong bones; other studies have shown apples reduce asthma attacks; other researchers have shown apples can delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Apples have also been shown to aid in weight loss...In one study, researchers showed that those who ate an apple shortly before a meal, ate 15% less at the meal and, thus, were able to lose weight. And, of course, an apple also serves as nature's toothbrush...aiding in keeping teeth clean and gums healthy.
Apples are a ready-to-eat handy to pack in a lunch or take in the car. But, apples are also great in homemade applesauce, in salads, or baked in a variety of recipes. Here's a recipe from for Simple Baked Apples that's sure to please everyone in the family.
As part of our 12 Days of Healthy Foods and as a special treat from Daisy Mae's Market...Spend $15 at our Findlay Market location on Tuesday, January 4, and we'll toss in some free apples---just for the health of it!

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