Jazz, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Fuji and Ambrosia are the produce department’s favorite apples. Jazz received the most votes this year, but next year that could change. As produce worker, Bryan Crane says, “Just because one person likes a particular apple doesn’t mean someone else will. It’s a matter of individual taste.”
No matter what flavor and texture you like, choose organic and leave the skin on! Quercetin, an antioxidant is the most predominant flavonoid in apples and is only present in the peel! Quercetin intake is linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes, prevents the risk of prostate cancer cells, and inhibits the reproduction of colon cancer cells by 43 percent. In general Quercetin inhibits tumor growth and helps stop cancer cell synthesis.
The question is how many apples does one need to eat? Does the old adage hold true, one a day? The average American eats one apple a week, but a daily consumption insures high levels of both soluble and insoluble fiber which will improve lung health, slow the release of sugar into the blood stream and lower cholesterol. One apple contains about 5 grams of fiber which is more than a serving of most cereals. Why wouldn’t you want to eat an apple every day?
Here’s another thought, the Co-op has over 15 varieties of certified organic apples, that’s one a day for half a month. You can find out what your personal favorites are and get you Quercetin intake boosted at the same time. Just be sure to leave the skin on, right?