Organic Apple: An apple story
You might have heard from your parents or read in books the adage ‘an apple a day keeps doctors away’ in your childhood days. Well, wait a moment. It is truer when the apple is organic. The conventional apple grown using a variety of chemicals including potent pesticides and growth hormones will give you more negative consequences than organic apples.
By the way, have you been to an apple orchard? They are beautiful, especially in flowering time, and when apples ripen. In Australia, you can pick apples from January to April, depending upon the variety of the apple.
One of the benefits of organic apples, as compared to conventionally grown apples, is that you can eat an apple immediately after picking it from the tree. They have such a delicious taste. But if it is grown using pesticides, these harmful chemicals penetrate deep into the core of apples. Proper washing only removes chemicals from the surface. The toxic chemicals that have entered inside the apples cannot be washed away. An Environmental Working Group from Washington reports that conventionally grown apples could contain as much as 25 different types of pesticides, and apples top the dirty dozen and contain some of the worse levels of pesticides and chemicals.
According to the American Institute of Cancer, apples help to prevent cancer, which is growing rapidly and has become a modern-day peril. This is a profound health benefit for humans that nature has provided. The high amount of Vitamin C and fiber that apples contain help in protecting the human body from diseases. The antioxidants, quercetin and triterpenoids present in apples help slow down the growth of cancer cells.
Have you ever been to a detox to cleanse your body? Did you ever see what products they use? It is mainly apples or made from apples, such as apple cider vinegar. If you consume wholesome organic apples every day, you may not need to visit such as well. Your body will extract the elements contained in apples and uses them to remove toxins and other impurities from your body. It then improves the functions of your liver too.
Apple cider vinegar has traditionally been used for many years to treat various health problems. According to a research article published in Life Science Journal, apple cedar vinegar can treat hyperlipidemia – a condition of high fat elements in the blood, which could pose risks for cardiac problems like heart attack and stroke. The study showed that consumption of apple cider vinegar over an eight-week period had a beneficial effect in significant reductions in harmful blood lipids. The study also recommends it as a simple and cost-effective treatment for hyperlipidemia.
Similarly, another recent study published in Nature confirms what ancient texts like the Old Testament says about the antibacterial and antifungal properties of apple cedar vinegar, highlighting that it could reduce the use of antibiotics, whose overuse has become a big health issue today.
You might wonder whether organic apples and conventional apples provide the same health benefits. If both had the same nutritional and medical value, with conventional apples being cheap, many will flock to conventional ones because there is value for money. The existence of basic elements in both types of apples are almost similar, but the conventionally grown apples are ridden with harmful chemicals that could lead to other health problems. So, it’s worth choosing organic apples. You might say that they are expensive, but the long-term health benefits these organic apples provide outweigh the cost of eating them.
You also need to reckon with the fact that when many people buy organic apples, it helps to increase its production. As supply increases to meet demand, the cost of production will also decline, making apples more affordable for the average person. On the other hand, conventional apple production will become expensive year after year. We must also take into account how the use of pesticides and chemicals affects soil quality, water quality and all the organisms living there whose habitats have become threatened. So, looking at both immediate cost to human health and the harmful impact to our mother nature, growing and eating conventional food is not a cheap option at all, contrary to what we have been told.
A simple change in food habits, i.e., shifting from conventional apple to organic apple could bring so many more benefits to our community, our health, and the environment. Buying organic apple also means helping the current and future generation to remain healthy. Then why not go for organic apple!
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