10 facts you never knew about apples
Written byPERRY ESTELLE
Life coach, blogger and Ely man about town Perry Estelle reveals his top 10 facts… About apples.
1. An Apple a Day is a great member of the daily ‘HIGH FIVE’ and so definitely not the ‘forbidden fruit’. Why? Because, firstly, it was never mentioned that Eve, actually ate one! In the Bible creation account that is. However, the ‘Adam’s Apple’ or the bump at the front of throat was so named, because myth informs us, poor Adam got the fruit caught in his throat, as it was supposed the act of eating the fruit was thought sinful. If you believe the Bible literally, that is!
Of course, eating an apple is not responsible for mankind’s woes, in fact they are so health-giving you will be amazed.
They are great for the complexion, because they contain an antioxidant called, ‘Quercetin’ which is already found as a protein in human skin. They improve memory. They also contain 4 grams of fibre, so great for the tummy ‘pump action!’
The daily requirement of fibre is 25 grams. Apples are amongst the highest sources of fibre. They cure constipation, but too many, will have the opposite effect, and give you an urgent bowel. The soluble fibre contained in apples is called pectin, and can help lower cholesterol levels.
Apples are cholesterol-free, sodium-free and fat-free. Eating an apple before bed, can help cleanse your teeth and is said to be able to whiten them also. They contain natural sugar called Fructose and in moderation great for diabetics as the sugar is absorbed very quickly by the gut.
Are apples brain food? Yes! Apples contain high levels of ‘Boron’, which stimulates electrical activity of the brain and increases mental alertness. Apples may not be rich in calcium, but its high levels of Boron make it a great food to prevent osteoporosis and strengthen bones.
Apples also have the ability to boost oestrogen levels in menopausal women to a great extent.
Apples are also said to symbolize health, love and fertility.
2. If you threw an apple in water, it wouldn’t sink. They float in water! This is because 25 per cent of their volume consists of air.
3. Which country produces the largest amount of apples? China.
4. The largest importers of apples are Russia, Germany and the UK.
5. Apple trees have a life of over 100 years.
6. There are over 8,000 varieties of apple. The largest fruit ‘group’ in the world.
7. Humans have been eating apples for a while now – from as far as 6500 BC.
8. Celebrity actress and singer, Gwyneth Paltrow named her first daughter, “Apple.”
9. It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
10. People who love apples are said to be outspoken, charismatic and enthusiastic.