A for apple,

Well the belated Steve Jobs has certainly dominated the word ‘Apple’.  Apple apps, Apple computer, Apple…..not too sure how a fruit links into a computer giants brand.  I do not really think of Apple computers as a crisp juicy summer fruit.  Maybe more an innovative, genius adaptable company or on the pessimistic side an aggressive, dominating company that only wants to draw the biggest profit!
So lets get back to the fruit apple. The proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” dates from 19th century Wales. Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.
Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of vitamin C, but are a rich source of other antioxidant compounds. The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. They may also help with heart disease, weight loss, and controlling cholesterol. The fibrer contained in apples reduces cholesterol by preventing re absorption, and (like most fruits and vegetables) they are bulky for their caloric content.
However, apple seeds are mildly poisonous, containing a small amount of amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside. It usually is not enough to be dangerous to humans, but can deter birds.
Did you know that least 55 million tonnes of apples were grown worldwide in 2009, with a value of about $10 billion. About two-fifths of this total was produced in China.
So back to babies and under 5s.  Babies just love apples.  Especially stewed with raisins and cinnamon.  Check out the recipe once our cook book is released.  Apples are a great starter food for babies.  As for older kids there are so many things you can do with apples; apple pie, make apple juice, apple muffins, apple picklets or just plain apples in the fruit basket.

Back to the breastfeeding series tomorrow.


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