An Apple A Day………………………

You would not believe how many apples I go through in a week.  If the old saying of an apple a day keeps the doctor away is true, then I should be good for many years to come!!!! (Let’s hope so anyway)

Of course all the members of the Jones house (including Kipper the dog) enjoy a tasty apple to munch on.  But, my usage is so high because of how many apples I use in my juices.

 

But why are apples such a great choice for juice? What other nutritional goodies do you get when you add an apple to your daily juice apart from great flavour?

 

Let’s start with the basics.  On the vitamin front, apples are a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  This means that they help to keep your skin glowing and your eyes bright.  Vitamin C is also good for boosting the immune system.  Folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur are essential minerals which are found in apples.

Apples also contain a form of fiber called Pectin.  This acts like a broom, sweeping through your intestinal system and helping your body eliminate any build up of toxins in your intestinal tract.  They also have a soluble form of fiber which can lower cholesterol.

Ellagic acid is a phytochemical found in apples and some other fruits, which exhibits anti cancer properties and acts as an antioxidant, whilst more research is being done to try and understand the full implications of ellagic acid, “results look promising” say The American Cancer Society.

Phytochemicals are non nutritive plant compounds that protect your body and prevent disease.  Studies in 2007 published in the European Respiratory Journal showed that fresh apple juice was effective at reducing wheezing in children suffering with asthma.  Interestingly, the study showed that drinking the juice was effective, whilst eating the fruit was not.

Who knew these little juicy powerhouses were so chocked full of nutritional goodies?  The other fabulous thing about apples is that there are so many delicious varieties to choose from.  Fuji and Gala apples make sweet frothy creamy juice, whereas at the other end of the sweet scale comes Granny Smiths, but these can be just as juicy and add a nice tartness to a juice.  Golden delicious and Red delicious have a much milder flavor, but are very juicy.  Come the fall, it’s fun to experiment with all the different varieties that are grown locally.  You can’t beat going to pick some apples and then putting them through the juicer – you can taste the golden fall sunshine in the glass!!!  I always use organic apples in my juices, and that can sometimes restrict which varieties I can use, but if you shop around, you can still get a good choice.

So, there you have it.  That’s why I use so many apples in my juices, they taste great, they’re supremely good for you and there’s pretty strong evidence that they WILL keep the doctor away!

Now, here’s a simple but extremely delicious apple juice recipe for you to try – experiment with different varieties and see which you like best – let me know!

Apple Tart

4 apples

1 lemon (not peeled)

Yes folks, that’s it!  Just push the lot through the juicer and enjoy.. even more so now, because you know just how much good it’s doing you!!!!!!

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