Yeah, yeah, an apple a day keeps the doctor away and all that jazz. Is that why apples are available in the executive locker rooms and in the club’s upstairs cafe? Do they really keep the doctor away?
The old saying comes from an old English adage, “To eat an apple before going to bed, will make the doctor beg his bread.” Henry David Thoreau called apples, “the noblest of fruits.” They were so important to Martin Luther that he proclaimed, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” And The Sporting Club understands this and insures the executive locker rooms are always stocked with apples.
But yes, they really do keep the doctor away. It’s the fiber pectin that lowers levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and helps our digestive systems. It’s the boron that supports our strong bones and healthy brains The quercetin has some promise of reducing the risk of various cancers and may neutralize free radical damage which may help in Alzheimer’s. It’s the vitamin C and phytonutrients that helps with heart disease, diabetes and asthma. It’s a veritable cardio protective, anti-inflammatory, metabolism improving “miracle fruit” according to the latest research at The Florida State University.
Oh, and on top of that, apples have been shown to lead to weight loss. I just said the magic words. That’s right, weight loss. An apple a day not only keeps the docs away but also helps keep your weight at bay. Eat an apple before each meal and you will lose weight. It’s not magic—it’s common sense.
A normal size apple has 80 calories, not too bad considering the fiber pectin leaves you feeling much fuller than those calories would otherwise suggest. But you are also getting about 20 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of fat, protein, and sodium. The glycemic index on apples is relatively low so it won’t shoot your blood sugar levels through the roof. Eat an apple and drink a glass of water and you are going to feel like you just chowed down an entire meal. By the way, apples are best eaten with the peel, since most of the fiber and antioxidants are in the peel.
I find Fuji’s, Braeburns , Granny Smith’s and Gala’s in the men’s executive locker room. Not too sure what’s in the women’s executive locker room. Fuji’s to me are the Maserati’s of apples. When you consider the average person eats about 20 pounds of apples a year, or about one per week, that’s like exercising once a month or so. Not much good is going to result. Why limit yourself to only one per week?
When you consider the health benefits, only one per week? They are just sitting there in the executive locker room waiting for you to get healthier!
Here are ten reasons to heed the advice of that old “apple a day” proverb:
1. Bone protection
2. Asthma help
3. Alzheimer’s protection
4. Lower “bad cholesterol
5. Lung cancer protection
6. Breast cancer protection
7. Colon cancer protection
8. Liver cancer protection
9. Diabetes management
10. Weight loss
It takes an apple tree four to five years to grow its first fruit. That’s a long time for a tree to produce something so healthy. And when you think that two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie, it takes 36 apples to make one gallon of apple cider, and 42 pounds of apples yields 20-24 quarts of applesauce, isn’t it amazing that one simple apple a day can offer so much in health benefits?
So whether you are a “compulsive-wedger” who must have perfect core-free wedges neatly arranged on a plate, a “top-to-bottom” eater who methodically munches from the stem to the bottom, an “equator eater” who chomps from the center all the way around, a “stem-plucker” who must pull the stem out before taking a first bite, it doesn’t matter. Just be sure to eat at least an apple a day. Not only will you feel better, look better, and be healthier but you’ll make the folks who purchase and stock the apples in our club very happy.