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Demystifying the Grocery Aisles

An Apple A Day...

Apples are loaded with antioxidants and support cardiovascular and respiratory health and help keep blood sugar balanced. Also, they’ve been linked to a reduction to the risk of asthma and lung cancer.

Sadly, apples are also on the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) Dirty Dozen List. A conventional apple contains up to 45 different pesticides!

Selection:

Always choose ORGANIC. Select apples with firm skin, no bruises, don’t feel spongy, or give at all when you press them gently.

Most Nutritious Varieties:

There are 7,500 varieties of apples around the world. Mildly sweet varieties like, Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith (the most nutritious apple; 13x more phytonutrientsthan Ginger Gold. High in fiber and polyphenols and promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon), Honeycrisp (my favorite other than the Gravensteins that grow at my home),  McIntosh, Melrose, Red Delicious (the dark red skin is full of healthy antioxidants).

Least Nutritious Varieties:

Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Empire, Ginger Gold, and Elstar.

Storage:

Apples can last up to ten times longer when stored in the refrigerator. Put them in your crisper drawer and set the humidity to high.