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Monday, October 24, 2011

An apple a day...

When I was little, I remember sitting on the back of my grandfather's truck selling apples in Laredo, Texas.  "Manzanas! Manzanas!" he would yell.  I was then encouraged to yell the same to passerbys. 

My grandfather, Grandpa Kiko, always had apples at the house.  I was sure to have sliced apples everytime I visited him. 

At a young age, I knew the importance of consuming apples--an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I didn't like shots and if that meant eating apples then I was all for it.

Recently, a team of scientists from Florida State University, found that apples may keep the doctor away. Examining 160 women ages 45-65, the FSU scientists found those subjects who ate an apple a day had lower bad cholestrol levels.  Apples also act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  In addition, apples contribute to body weight reduction.

Sources:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1376133/How-apples-day-cut-cholesterol-quarter.html;
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110412131923.htm; Natural Awakenings, October 2011

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