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The Secret to a Long Life? Eating Apples

You likely have never heard of her, but Willie Stikeleather of Stoney Point, North Carolina will be turning 100 this month. To what does she credit her long life? Eating apples, especially the ones her family grew in her early life. As you know, eating “an apple a day will keep the doctor away” because the healthful fruit is a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber can help prevent cholesterol buildup in the blood vessel walls, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Insoluble fiber provides digestive bulk which helps food move through more easily. Apples are also a good source of vitamin C, which can help promote health in the immune system. Other apple benefits – they are low calorie (81 per medium apple) and a natural mouth freshener.


Peggy commenter Peggy at 11:39 am on January 5, 2011

If someone would make it possible to grow Honeycrisp apples year-round, then I'd be much healthier. It's the only apple I really like.

Mark commenter Mark at 3:19 pm on January 5, 2011

I've never really been an apple person. They're O.K., but not my favorite fruit. Except in pies.

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