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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Apples Make You Juicy

The whole "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" wasn't far from the truth. Apples serve many functions, not the least of which is to increase body fluids according to Chinese medicine. Eat an apple, kill that dry cough that's creeping in as the winter seeps into our homes. Which makes it the perfect Fall fruit. It also cools heat in the lungs, which will protect you from heat-producing activities such as smoking or being around smoke. If you're sick and have lost your appetite an apple will stimulate it. The malic and tartaric acid present in apples inhibits the growth of bacteria and therefore protects your digestion. Apples will even lower cholesterol. Have gallstones? Apples will soften them. Apples are cleansing for the liver and gallbladder in fact. What doesn't an apple do? Well it won't eat itself for you. I went apple picking recently as the season is coming to a close, and it was lovely. I picked Jonathans, Red Delcious, and Jonogolds. There were more but these were the ones I loved. Jonathans for apple juice. Red Delicious for chutneys. Jonogolds to munch on.

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