HOW TO CHOOSE GOOD APPLES
Choose smaller apples. Larger apples ripen faster.
Few risks to take note
Because apples are vulnerable to worms and insects they are sprayed with pesticides several times as they grow. Always wash the fruits well in water and peel waxed apples.
Infection due to bacteria
Unpasteurized apple juice can cause serious illness due to E.coli and other bacteria present in the juice. The elderly,pregnant women ,children and people with weak immunity should take precautions against unpasteurized juice. Always check the label before the purchase.
Sulphur dioxide added to dried apples to retain colour and moisture can provoke allergies in susceptible people.
MORE AMAZING HEALTH FACTS OF APPLES
Apples beat cancer
Epidemiologists from Finland's National Public Health Institute concluded that flavonoids from apples was linked with a reduced risk of developing cancer.
Their study revealed that people who regularly consumed flavonoid-rich foods were 20 per cent less likely to develop cancer.
Also high consumption of apples was also directly associated with the lowest risk for coronary mortality.
Apples enhances lung function
British researchers found that apple eaters had better lung function compared with non-apple eaters.
scientists discovered a strong link between enhanced lung function and the number of apples eaten each week after analysing the health and dietary records of 2,512 men.
These researchers believe that it is the antioxidant-like phytonutrients found in apples and a flavonoid called quercetin which reduces the risk of cancer and heart attacks.
APPLES WARD OFF STROKES
The health outcomes of 9,208 men followed for 28 years by Finnish researchers found that individuals who ate the most apples had the lowest risk of suffering a stroke, due to the phytonutrients found in apples.
This explains the health effect of apples.
FRENCH APPLE YOGURT SHAKE
3 cups diced or sliced apples
2 cups plain, low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons brown sugar
* Cook the apples for 5-10 minutes in 1/2 cup water until soft.
* Keep 1 cup apples separately.
* Add 1 cup yogurt with the remaining ingredients into a blender
* Blend very briefly.
* Serve in tall glasses.
* Mix remaining yogurt and apples into blended mixture.