"An apple a day keeps the
doctor away." Could the common apple honestly help a person to maintain
The first printed mention of this saying can be found in the February
1866 issue of the publication "Notes and Queries." The publication
printed the proverb like this: "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll
keep the doctor from earning his bread." Nearly 150 years later,
variations of this adage are still quoted. It's unlikely that the saying would
have maintained such popularity if there wasn't some truth to it, right? With
that in mind, let's consider some of the apple's components and their effect on
·Pectin -- Pectin is a form of soluble fiber
than lowers both blood pressure and glucose levels. It can also lower the
levels of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol in the body. Pectin, like other
forms of fiber, helps maintain the health of the digestive system. Apples are
an excellent source of pectin.
·Boron -- A nutrient found in
abundance in apples, boron supports strong bones and a healthy brain.
·Quercetin -- A flavonoid, this nutrient
shows promise for reducing the risk of various cancers, including cancers in
the lungs and breast. It may also reduce free radical damage. Free radicals
develop when atoms in the body's cells have unpaired electrons, which can lead
to damage to different parts of the cell, including DNA. Quercetin may
neutralize free radical damage, which has been implicated in a variety of
age-related health problems, including Alzheimer's disease.
·Vitamin C -- Vitamin C boosts immunity,
which helps maintain overall health.
·Phytonutrients -- Apples are rich in a variety
of phytonutrients, including vitamins A and E and beta carotene. These
compounds fight damage from free radicals and can have a profound affect on
health, including reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
Apples also act as a toothbrush, cleaning teeth and killing bacteria in
the mouth, which may reduce the risk of tooth decay. They're also low in
calorie density, one of the trademarks of a healthy food. When a food is low in
calorie density you can eat good size portions of the food for relatively few
calories. In addition, apples are affordable and readily available.
Are apples the secret to a long life?
An apple a day can reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and
many types of cancer. However, would you be able to avoid the doctor entirely
just by eating a bunch of the forbidden fruit? Not likely. Various studies show
health benefits when participants eat an apple between three and five times a
week, but all ailments cannot be cured by diet alone.
Are other fruits just as good for you as apples? Sure. All fruits are
loaded with nutrients that are building blocks to good health. Bananas are
loaded with potassium, which is important for a healthy heart and proper muscle
function. Blackberries are loaded with fibre, and strawberries contain vitamin
C and fibre.
Like cranberries, blueberries help prevent and fight urinary tract
infections. They are also a bit tastier than cranberries, which most people
only enjoy when combined with plenty of added sugar. Apricots, fresh or dried,
are high in beta-carotene.
When choosing drinks, apple juice barely makes the top 10. Pomegranate
juice, wine and purple grape juice are high in antioxidants, with apple juice
in the tenth spot, right behind tea. One of the things that makes apples so
incredibly healthy is the amount of fibre they contain, but that has lost
If all fruits are nutritional powerhouses, why are apples the only one
to be included in the folklore? At the time the adage emerged, apples were easy
to grow (and still are). Once harvested, they could remain in storage for
nearly a year. Recent studies have shown that, unlike many fruits and
vegetables, the nutritional benefits of apples remain relatively stable as long
as 200 days after harvest.
While an apple a day will go a long way toward keeping the doctor away,
most nutritionists recommend a varied diet. In addition to apples, fill your
shopping cart with citrus fruits, tropical treats like mangos, and a variety of
berries, which pack a nutritional punch. Eating several servings of a varied
selection of fruits each day is truly the best way to keep the doctor away.
·1 ½ cups very ripe bananas soft, darkly speckled, mashed
well (13.65oz, 387g) (about 3 medium)
·1/4 cup plain yogurt (2oz, 57g)
·6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled (3oz,
·1 teaspoon vanilla
·6-8 ounces milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips (170-228g)
·1-2 ounces chocolate chips for sprinkling on top optional
1.Preheat oven to 350F. Place rack in middle of oven.
2.Prepare a 9 by 5
inch loaf pan by buttering and flouring the base only if it is non-stick.
Butter also the sides if it is not a non-stick. Non-stick baking spray can be
used instead of butter and flour.
3.In a small mixing
bowl, combine the flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and
cloves. Whisk to combine. Reserve 1/2 tablespoon flour and mix with 6-8 ounces
4.In a large mixing
bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Add mashed bananas, yogurt, melted butter,
and vanilla. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
5.Gently fold the wet
and dry ingredients together, just until the dry ingredients are moistened. The
batter should be thick and chunky, but without any streaks of unincorporated
6.Gently fold in the
chocolate chips that have been tossed with flour.
7.Pour batter into
prepared loaf pan and smooth. Sprinkle on additional chocolate chips if
8.Bake until golden
brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean,
about 55 minutes.
9.Remove from oven
and cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and let cool on rack.
(If you did not butter and flour the sides of the pan, you may need to run a
sharp knife in between the sides pan and the loaf.)
10.Serve warm or at
For a no-yogurt Banana Bread:
*Replace yogurt with 2 additional tablespoons of butter, bringing the
butter to 8 tablespoons (4oz, 113g).
*Replace baking soda with 1-teaspoon baking powder.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread freezes
very well. After cooling completely, either wrap the whole loaf or individual
slices tightly in plastic wrap. Let the whole loaf thaw to room temperature.
Individual slices can be microwaved for about 30 seconds directly from the
Beautiful women who are
ditching hair dye in order to show off their natural grey hair aren’t just
women saving money on trips to the hair salon. They are not just a bunch of
older women who are fed up with social norms. Women shouldn’t
be ashamed or embarrassed by the grey hairs on their heads or feel any need to
cover up. They are brave and beautiful women of all ages willing to celebrate
themselves, their hair, and their life in the face of questions and leers. They
are paving the way for other women to resist social expectations and embrace
their hair colour, eye colour, body shape, shoe size, or whatever. While social
media, magazines, and social norms are all clamouring for them to “hide their
gray hair,” these women are choosing to love themselves instead.
"The other day I had the wonderful opportunity to interview an amazingly stylish 98 year old woman by the name of Rose . I met her a few weeks ago when I stopped to take her photo off of Madison Ave. She told me that she never allows anyone to take her picture, and she is not quite sure why she decided to say yes to me that fateful day. After appearing on Advanced Style, her grandchildren emailed me telling me that Rose loved her picture and that I could come by her place and ask a few questions about her life and style! Even more inspiring than Roses' fantastic fashion sense is positive outlook on life; Enjoy every moment and be happy with what you have.At 98, she has more vitality and spirit than most people half her age." (as told by Ari, creator of Advanced Style, October 26, 2010)
Find your perfect perfume, people will remember you by your
scent. Rose is known for her Pauline Trigère fragrance. She tells her
granddaughter "I'll give you anything in the world, but I won't give you
Belts and Beads. Rose believes that a belt or unique
strand of beads can really make an outfit and they don't have to cost a
Take care of your feet and wear good shoes, but when
you are going out for a night on the town, "Fashion comes before
comfort". At 98, Rose goes out every single night!
"Walking is a must, it's better than doctors or
No need to use expensive moisturizers, Rose swears by Oil of Olay which
she has been using for decades.
"Inexpensive lipstick is as good as expensive, only better!" Rose has tried
every brand from Chanel to Lauder and has recently been turned on to Revlon.
Be Unique: "If everyone is wearing it, then it is not
"Be smart enough to know what you don't
If you have trouble reading the dinner menu, Lorgnettes
are a fashionable and elegant alternative to reading glasses.
"Be happy, enjoy what you have at
ROSE, NYC... AT AGE 99
Stay Organized. "If you take a toothpick out,
or a pair of pantyhose, or a hundred dollar bill, always put it back where you
found it, because if you add up the time you spend looking for it later, that's
a waste of time"
"Always tell the truth because if you don't you'll
have to think of another lie."
"Be More, appear Less."
"Always take the phone off the hook when
you are in the bath."
"Make friends with the Maître De."
"Never loan, Never borrow."
"Never keep anyone waiting. Always be
15 minutes early."
"Never look back, always look forward."
"Don't be afraid to tell your age, that's
silly. Be proud of your age."
"Don't frequent a restaurant where they don't
crumb the table
GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE; COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN; AND WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.
LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME; ENJOYING ONE MOMENT AT A TIME; ACCEPTING HARDSHIPS AS THE PATHWAY TO PEACE; TAKING, AS HE DID, THIS SINFUL WORLD AS IT IS, NOT AS I WOULD HAVE IT; TRUSTING THAT HE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS RIGHT IF I SURRENDER TO HIS WILL; THAT I MAY BE REASONABLY HAPPY IN THIS LIFE AND SUPREMELY HAPPY WITH HIM FOREVER IN THE NEXT. AMEN.