Apple, the quintessential American fruit, is one of the most widely cultivated organic superfruit trees. Also considered as a “Miracle Fruit” due to its high nutritional value and wide range of health benefits.
Here’s a bit of history about this incredible organic superfood. It is believed to have originated in the mountain range of Dzungarian Alps in Central Asia. It eventually spread throughout Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean as a result of early human migration to other lands. The Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses the Great was said to have ordered apples be grown along the Nile River in the 13th century B.C. The Greeks and Romans were known lovers of apple, developing several apple cultivars during their time. Apple was introduced to North America by European settlers in the early 17th century.
This organic superfood is a member of mostly deciduous rosaceae family. It takes around 4 to 5 years for it to bear fruit. In most apple farms, honeybees are commonly used to pollinate the apple tree. It typically blossoms in spring and with the fruits maturing in autumn.
Apple is an incredible organic superfood with a good amount of fiber and pectin. It ranks 2nd for highest antioxidant activity among commonly eaten fruits in the U.S. with much of these antioxidants like chlorogenic, ploridizin, cathechins and more are contained in the peel. Apple is also a wonderful source of vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. It has zero content of cholesterol, sodium, and fat… an added bonus. For the calorie counters, an average apple hold around 130 calories.
Being rich in antioxidants, incorporating this organic superfood in your daily diet can provide you with amazing health benefits. It can inhibit growth of colon and liver cancer cells, reduce the risk of asthma, heart disease and type II diabetes. It is effective in protecting your neuron cells from the damaging effect of oxidative stress- induced neurotoxicity. Eating a whole apple gives a greater feeling of satiety, an excellent snack if you’re on a diet.
As for safety concerns, apple seeds are known to contain naturally occurring poison called cyanide. Although in a very small amount, it’s best to avoid consuming them, especially children and the elderly. This superfruit is relatively high in fructose (about 9.5 grams for a medium size) which are known to cause a lot of chronic diseases. You may need to take apple in moderation if you have insulin resistance.
Remember, an apple is best eaten fresh, peel and all! That is where you can get completely… However, apple being the second most pesticide laden commercial fruit, it would be safest to buy them from your local farmers market… organically grown.
Stay healthy. Eat more organic superfood.
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