…keeps the doctor away.  Funny how that old saying still rings true.   As I plan my next cooking class, the main ingredient being apples, I was thinking about all the ways to eat and prepare an apple.  My most favorite way to eat an apple is to simply pick it from the tree, wash it and enjoy.

When eating an apple, like all plant foods, you do not need to worry about fat content, cholesterol, or sodium.  An apple contains fiber called pectin and  phytonutrients called flavonoids.  Flavonoids are defensive phytochemicals found in apples, along with other fruits and vegetables. There are a number of different types of flavonoids with each having a protective health effect. Over 4,000 flavonoids have been documented to have antiviral, antiallergic, antiinflammatory, antitumor and antioxidant activities. The term flavonoids represents all of the following subclasses: Anthocyanins, Flavanols, Flavanones, Flavonols, Flavones, and Isoflavones.

Another benefit of eating an apple is that it is a nutrient dense food, a.k.a. real food.  So as you eat it your body will naturally feel full and satisfied as the many nutrients synergistically work together to meet the nutritional needs of your body.

For those of you who  live in NJ and want to know what varieties are native to our state, check out  New Jersey State’s Department of Agricultural website.

So don’t delay, grab that apple, enjoy and be healthy!!

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