Apples are the most cultivated and consumed fruit on the planet. They are continuously being praised as a miracle food. You already know apples are sweet, tart, crisp or soft, and highly versatile. But what makes them incredible goes way beyond your pallet.
Apples have been ranked in Medical News Today’s top 10 healthy foods because they are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The antioxidants help reduce the risk of cancer, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.
A 2006 study found that the antioxidant, quercetin, found abundantly in apples, is one of the two compounds found to reduce the death of cells that is caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons. Another study suggests that apple juice consumption may improve the release of neurotransmitters that have reduced the symptoms of Alzheimer-like symptoms in mice.
These nutritional powerhouses contain almost no fat, sodium or cholesterol. They are packed with Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to block damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C also boosts your immune system, boosting your resistance against infectious disease. Apples are also high in B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, and B-6. These incredible vitamins are key in maintaining your nervous system and red blood cells.
Foods this high in dietary fiber are also credited with helping prevent the development of diseases related to high cholesterol and blood pressure.
So, thank your body and your soul by getting yourself a bag of apples today! To help you, your favorite chiropractor in Williamsburg, VA, Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation wants to encourage you to try one of our favorite recipes using apples. Check out the recipe below.
1/2 cup liquid egg whites or 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
6 Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Optional toppings: maple syrup and Greek-style yogurt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine your steel cut oats, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan. Add water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes or until water is absorbed. Turn off heat. Add a few spoonfuls of cooked oats to egg whites to temper egg whites; gradually whisk tempered egg whites into oats.
While your oats simmer, trim a small slice off the top of each apple. Using a melon baller, scoop out stem and core of each apple, making hole slightly wider at the top. Be carefully not to break through the bottom of the apple, or the filling will leak out when baking. Place your apples in a 2-quart baking dish.
Divide oat mixture evenly among each apple and top with your chopped walnuts. Pour the orange juice into pan around the apples. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
Serve these delicious baked apples warm, drizzled with sauce from pan and additional toppings as desired.
Feel free to post a picture of your attempt at this incredible way to eat your Apple a Day!
Drs. Anne & Bob
Robert and Anne Pinto started their journey on July 17th, 1989 when they first opened their practice.