Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Interesting Facts About Apples

  • Did you know that the delicious, crunchy apple, which is the main ingredient in pies, turnovers and Halloween parties, first originated in Middle East thousands of years ago? It’s alleged that Alexander the Great first discovered this sweet red treats while on his expedition to Asia Minor in 300 BCE and introduced it to Macedonia later.
  • You must have often heard people say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But have you ever wonder how? Well, for all of you who didn’t know, an apple contains more antioxidants than a 1,500 mg Vitamin C tablet, making it one of most potent sources of antioxidants. What’s more, apples are full of phytochemicals that have anti-carcinogenic properties and can save you from the potential risks of developing cancer.
  • This delectable fruit contains an impressive list of nutrients ranging from the cholesterol fighting phytonutrients to bone health boosting flavonoids like phloridzin and boron to cancer thwarting quercetin. What’s more, this scrumptious fruit is loaded with pectin that helps in the digestion process apart from keeping the body’s insulin needs in check. An apple is believed to contain more fiber than a big bowl of bran cereals.
  • Did you know that Irish Peach is not a variety of peach but an apple? Apparently, there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples available all over the world. This fruit comes in all shades of red, green and yellow and are curiously named as ‘red delicious’, ‘golden delicious’, ‘epicure apples’, ‘ginger gold’, ‘gala apples’, ‘fuji apples’, ‘granny smith’, ‘melrouge, rome’, ‘queen cox’, ‘idared’ etc.
  • Ever wonder who coined the expression, "You are the apple of my eye"? Well, the laurel indeed goes to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who believed that human eye pupil resembled an apple and hence the phrase came into being. For all who don’t know what this famous phrase means, “apple of my eye” connotes love, admiration and beauty.
  • Did you know how you eat your apple can reveal a lot about your personality? There are innumerable ways in which you can enjoy your apple other than the good old apple pie. You can wedge it into pieces or split it into halves, strip of its skin or munch your way to the end. No matter how you enjoy your apple, always remember that how you munch your fruit reveals oodles about the kind of person you are.

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