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An Apple a Day

An Apple a Day

By Lisa Mosing, MS, RD, FADA, Special to LifeScript
Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The fall season is when many thoughts turn to crisp, juicy apples. There is good reason to toss an apple into your lunch bag, briefcase or travel bags. Apples have a multitude of health benefits. The apple has been around for over 4,000 years and today there are thousands of varieties of apples worldwide. A native of Europe and Asia, the apple is now grown worldwide. The United States produces about 50 different varieties of apple, supplying approximately one-third of the world's crop...

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The old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," may have some truth. Recently, researchers at the University of California-Davis reported that apples and apple juice may help protect arteries from harmful plaque build-up. In the study, adults who added two apples, or 12 ounces of 100% apple juice to their daily diet, showed a significant slowing of the cholesterol oxidation process that leads to plaque build-up, thereby giving the body more time to rid itself of cholesterol before it can cause harm. The average U.S. consumer eats about 19 pounds of fresh apples a year or about one apple per week. Getting adequate dietary fiber and phytonutrients, such as from apples, is important for good health. If your daily fruit and vegetable intake is below standard, perhaps you may want to consider Smart Supplementation.

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