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We all grew up hearing that an "Apple a Day keeps the doctor away".  Exactly what are the health benefits of apples?
1.  Dental benefits:  Eating an apple does not replace brushing your teeth.  However, chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva which reduces tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
2.  Reduces the risk of Alzheimer's.  What?  A new study showed that apples improve brain function.
3.  Curbs all sorts of cancers.  The American Association for Cancer Research states that eating flavonoid rich apples could help reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer by up to 22%.  The apple peel has a compound that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. 
4.  Reduces cholesterol.  The soluble fiber in apples binds with the cholesterol and helps flush it out of your system.
5.  Prevents gallstones.  Gallstones form when there is too much cholesterol.  See #4.
6.  Control your weight.  The fiber in apples keep you from getting hungry so often.
7.  Detoxify your liver.  (This is for all you alcohol consumers).  Actually, the liver is constantly filtering toxins from foods, preservatives and what we drink.
8.  Boost your immune system.  The antioxidants are proven to fortify your immune system, especially when stressed.
9.  Prevent cataracts.  A recent long term study suggest that people who have a diet rich in fruits are 10-18% less likely to develop cataracts.
10.  Finally, apples help beat diarrhea and constipation.  How can it do both?  The fiber in apples can pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when needed or it can absorb water from you colon to show stuff down.

So, how can you use more apples and be healthy?  I don't recommend apple pie daily.  Come to the October cooking class and see other recipes using apples.
At my cooking class on Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013 I will discuss and have a recipe on Basil.  Basil was once believed to have magical powers.  I was considered by ancient people to be an elixir of love and a charm.  Romans sought its healing properties  and used it to aid digestion and counteract poisons.
While basil dates back to Biblical times, when it was seen growing around Christ's tomb, some cultures associated it with hatred and misfortune while others regarded it as a love token.  I guess it depends on a person's outlook on life.  Basil is much too yummy to be associated with hatred in my book.
Do you eat fast food often?  What do you choose when you go out?  If you have been through diabetes education, you probably count your carbs.  That is a great start.  Hopefully you are staying around 45-60 grams of carbs for each meal.  That might be a hamburger and small order of fries.  Very small order.  Then you notice that your blood sugar is still high the next day.  What's up?  The fat in the hamburger will "hang on" to the carbs as fat is the last thing to be digested.  Also, diets high in fats will contribute to insulin resistance.  How can you reduce the fat when eating out?  If you get a cheeseburger, you could leave off the cheese to save calories and fat grams.  Do not have mayo with your burger.  Choose a different side that is not deep fried.
Does anyone have handy tips on eating in fast food places.