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Try Some New Healthy Salads With Apples

By Tom Herrin

Many times, there is really nothing new about the things people try to use to create healthier menus with better foods.  It may simply be a case of using the same familiar foods in different ways.  It happens with fruits, vegetables, and all kinds of homemade dishes.  Using apples is nothing new, for sure, but doing more with greater variety has shown considerable promise in dealing with a number of health issues.  Apples can be added to the daily menu to enhance the benefits from the efforts to make it better.

There Are All Kinds

Almost unbelievably, there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples.  They come in several different colors such as red, green, yellow and several combinations of these.  They also vary from really sweet to quite tart and from extremely crisp to considerably soft.  The sweet ones are often the favorites for snacks or part of a meal while the more tart ones seem to be pretty popular to use in baking.  Without a doubt, there are all kinds of use for this healthy fruit.

They May Be a Cancer Fighter

While it may not be a certainty, there is reasonable evidence that apples may be effective in helping to slow or combat some cancers.  They have shown some promise against breast and colon cancer.  If nothing else, the high fiber content may be a factor in preventing cancer of the colon.  The fiber is also believed to help remove cholesterol from the blood vessels.  What may seem more unusual is that apples seem to have some possible use in slowing or reducing the spread of lung cancer, though exactly how is not yet fully known.  

They Can Add a Special Flavor

In recent times, I have become a fan of having apples in salads.  They seem to add just the right hint of something sweet to the mix of more common things such as lettuce, tomatoes, etc.  Nuts go well with them as well.  My grandmother’s cornbread dressing recipe contained apples as an ingredient that added a special flavor, though you couldn’t tell it was apples.  Many people eat them with cheese or some other protein source.  You can get really creative in coming up with something that is new and fits your family.  Pick up some apples and give them a try.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

 

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