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 Bite into World Apple Day, Oct. 21

October 18, 2011   Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson   312-334-2311

CHICAGO - An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Doctors all over the world will be biting into the nutrient-rich fruit this Fri. Oct. 21, World Apple Day.

“Apples are great for your health,” said Carlos Rueda, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. “They’re low in calories (80 per medium apple), high in dietary fiber (4 grams), potassium (107 milligrams), and packed with energy.” 

As an added bonus, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new guidelines encourage Americans to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables. Diets high in fruits and vegetables are associated with decreased risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, some cancers, and cardiovascular disease including hypertension (high blood pressure) according to a 2007 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) article.

One of three Americans more than 20 years-of-age has high blood pressure according to 2010 CDC statistics. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America according to 2010 National Vital Statistics Report. Last year, 137,000 Americans died from strokes.

“Food choices affect blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body weight,” said Dr. Rueda. “All of these impact veins and arteries.

“A healthy diet, 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption, and a healthy body weight are all important. Eating a raw apple daily is just what the doctor ordered.”

Eat the apple peel, too. It's a great source of antioxidants which may reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells and promote heart health according to the American Dietetic Association. Tannins in apple juice may help keep gums healthy.

The CDC reports that the average American eats 120 apples yearly - many inside the all-American apple pie.
Yet Apple Day began in London in 1990. Since then, it has expanded to a weekend event that celebrates the many varieties of the healthy fruit.

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