An Apple a Day … Can Keep the Doctor Away

By Jean Carper, Journalist
New York Apple Assn., Inc., & The American Heart Association

Apples contain disease-fighting antioxidants
  • British study showed that those who ate an apple a day had four times better breathing capacity and lung function.
  • Help you breathe better
  • Antioxidants protect lungs from pollutants and irritants
  • Antioxidants cut the risk of lung cancer
Cornell Study says fresh apple extract suppresses growth of colon and liver cancer
  • An apple packs more cancer fighting antioxidant capability than a 1,500 milligram megadose of vitamin C
  • Apples are loaded with pectin, a soluble fiber that aids digestion. One apple provides as much dietary fiber as a bowl of bran cereal.
  • Prevent Strokes
Finnish study says apple consumption reduces blood-stroke risk
  • Fights Heart Attacks
  • Reduces Risk of Stroke
  • Apple consumption reduces bad LDL cholesterol and
  • Anticoagulant activity
  • Procyanidins antioxidants – 208mg/apple vs 22mg/3.5oz red wine
Other Benefits
  • American Heart Association recommends lowering your cholesterol with apples.
  • Apples contain boron that helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • The complex carbohydrates in apples give your body a longer, more even energy boost compared to high-sugar snacks.
  • Apples contain no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol, and taste great.

Some of Our Favorite Apple Recipes

Apple Crisp

  • 4 cups Sonlight Orchard sliced apples (approx. 2 lbs.)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup soft butter (not melted)
  • 1/4 cup Craisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Instructions: Put apples into a greased 8x8x2 baking dish. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in the soft butter to make a crumble topping. (Do not overmix-keep it crumbly.) Sprinkle crumble mixture over apples. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes.

Easy Skillet Apple Pie

  • 4 lbs. Sonlight Orchard apples peeled and cut into 1/2 inch-thick wedges
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 package refrigerated piecrust
  • 1 egg white

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350° F. Toss apples with cinnamon and sugar. Melt butter in 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and place 1 piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over pie crust and top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush top of piecrust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 tbsp sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top of steam to escape.

Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack 30 minutes before serving. Serve with butter pecan ice cream.

Apple Cake with Butter Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Sonlight Orchard apples, cored pealed & grated
  • (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions: Cream butter and sugar together. Beat in egg and vanilla and set aside. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in apples.

Pour into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Bake at 350° F for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm with butter sauce.



Butter Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half

Melt butter in saucepan; stir in sugar, brown sugar and half and half. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Waldorf Apple Salad

  • 2 cups cored and diced apples
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup Craisins
  • 1/3 cup nuts

Instructions:  Mix all ingredients together.  Add your favorite dressing for coleslaw as needed. This salad makes a pretty presentation made with a variety of apples in different colors such as red, yellow and green.