An Apple A Day...

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

Apples are known as a quadruple threat in the kitchen.

Whether you choose to bake, cook, snack or drink, the options are endless in the eyes of a passionate foodie.

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According the the United States Apple Association, there are more than 100 apple varieties grown in the US. Some apple types like Granny Smith, Golden Delicious or Fuij apples are popular among our family and friends as crowd appetizers or light wine and cheese snack.

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Did you know apples are considered one of the most popular fruits of the world?

They're grown worldwide and are widely grown known from the genus, Malus. Apple trees originated in Central Asia, where wild ancestor, Malus Sieversii, still exist.

"An apple a day keeps the doctors away" is an old Welsh proverb. Little do we know, apples are extremely high in antioxidants, flavanoids and dietary fiber.

Apples are considered a super food.

Here's a few reasons why a few apples can offer healthier bones, brain, cholesterol and heart.

1. Apples reduce the risk of heart failure.

The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the development of cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

Apples are packed with potassium which aides in lowering blood pressure. Epicatechin, a flavonoid compound, is found in apples to help lower blood pressure.

According to Stemilt, people who consume at least two apples a day have lower BMI, less issues with blood pressure, and lower levels of c-reactive proteins, which are linked to heart failure.

According to Healthline, a study was conducted and shown consuming apples can reduce the risk of stroke. Consuming one-fifth of apples can reduce the risk of stroke. Apples are almost effective at reducing death from heart disease than a prescription!

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2. Apples are good for bone health.

Eating apples can help people who are suffering with back problems or osteoporosis. This super food is high in antioxidants to strengthen bone density. According to GenuisPharm, apples contain two cells, osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Osteoblasts form bone cells whereas osteoclasts destroys them. Should the osteoclasts become too active, the bone cells don't have time to strengthen. Consuming apples reduce the effects of osteoclasts.

Researchers suggest apples have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that promote bone density and strength.

Minerals found in Golden Russett apples, like boron, are essential to help our bodies metabolize and utilize other nutrients. Boron is essential for building muscle and strong bones.

Unfortunately, our bodies doesn't produce boron. Eating apples allows your body to receive the boron intake. Boron aids the body absorb calcium and magnesium.

3. Apples are brain food.

Apple juice can save acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, that slows with age. Low levels of the essential neurotransmitter have been linked to Alheizmer's disease.

A published 2006 study in Experimental Biology and Medicine found one compound, quercetin, is found in apples. Quercetin helps to reduce cell death caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons. Scientists suggest quercetin to block free radicals which can lead to cell damage.

According to Stemilt, quercetin is found in the skin of the apple. Apples can protect against memory loss and reduce the risk of stroke.

According to Food Revolution, apple cider vinegar has anti-tumor properties. Apples reduce the risk of cancer by removing carcinogenic radioisotopes.

According the a published featured study in the American Heart Association's journal, consuming apples can reduce the first-time stroke by 7 percent.

Eat the entire apple to reap the benefits. Remember to discard the seeds!

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Apples can be enjoyed several different ways.

At Stella Bistro Foods, we love to bake with apples! From our signature French Apple Latte Granola to our private party treats, apples can infuse any food dish, any time of the day!

Blend apples in with your morning smoothie. Chop apples to add to your lunch and evening salads. For dessert, add diced fried apples smothered with sugar of your preference with two tablespoons of Stella Bistro Foods Autumn Flair Sultry Spice atop with ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Above: Caramel French Apple Blondies

Surround your loved ones at the dinner table with a traditional apple pie or apple crumble.

Alternatively, the nutrients from apples can be enjoyed as a liquid or capsule form.

Visit your local herbal supplement or grocery market for more options.

What are your favorite apple recipe? We will love to test them in our kitchen!

Let us know in our comments!

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