An apple a day…
Scotland’s orchards are currently full of apples, with the south facing fruits ready for picking earlier than the north side. Harvesting usually takes place from September through to October.
Norwegian mythology believed apples kept people young forever
They have vitamin C, potassium, soluble fibre and phytochemicals such as ellagic acid and flavinoids especially quercetin. Quercitin has the same action as non steroidal anti -inflamatories and can help conditions such as eczema, arthritis, gout and much more!
Raw, whole apples including skin have highest levels of nutrients as nearly all are lost on cooking.
Studies have shown apple consumption to lower heart disease, cancer, asthma, type 2 diabetes, improve colon health and ower cholesterol. In studies 2 a day can lower by up to 16%. They also raise the beneficial HDL cholesterol and lower the unhealthy LDL cholesterol ( by 25% in one study)
So tuck in! Keep them by your desk or in the car instead of sweets. Try grated in muesli or chopped in salads such as coleslaw or celeriac salad. They are great blended in a smoothie too!