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The apple is probably one of the favorite foods of all time, despite it’s bad rap as the food that tempted Eve (probably a fallacy, since no one really knows what kind of fruit she ate. However, an apple was the poisoned fruit that Snow White ate, in the fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—and has long scared children from eating apples.

Apples are touted as the perfect food. Certainly its properties are healthful to the nth degree. Dietitians, nutritionists, and doctors all agree that apples provide superior health benefits, especially if eaten whole, with their skins intact. The apple’s peel is the most essential part because it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, making the ball of sweetness or tartness a perfect whole food.

So what kinds of proprieties does an apple hold? To start: vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 C, E and K, as well as niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, and other vitamins in small amounts. An apple contains valuable minerals for good health a well: potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, sodium, copper, zinc, and other trace amounts.

An apple really can’t be over promoted—and have you ever known anyone who doesn’t savor the round ball’s succulence? Worldwide, 55 million tons of apples are produced annually, with China leading in production. The United States produces the second largest yield.

Ward off Diseases

Though they aren’t cure alls, apples can help ward off diseases. It’s been discovered that some cancers can be held at bay by eating apples because of the high fiber content. It’s been known for generations about the benefits of fiber in controlling constipation and hemorrhoids, and providing regularity. Other maladies that benefit from apple eating: Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Asthma, and even Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are helped by consuming apples. Perhaps apples were the first preventative medicine.

Apples are excellent to include in the diet of those who are dealing with weight-management, the apple is a charm to keep one satisfied and healthy, offering only 95 calories for a medium sized apple. Remember the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Wise counsel, admonition to heed. God was especially good to create the apple for us. To me, it’s just another indication of His love; beauty, health benefits, and enjoyment all in one round package.

Whether you shop for apples or grow your own, apples are an excellent food choice. And there’s really no treat quite like picking an apple right off the limb—pluck and enjoy!

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