Fruit of the month: Apples

You know what they say about apples and doctors, right? Researchers actually put the old adage to the test a few years ago, using nutrition data from nearly 8,400 people — including 753 who said they ate an apple every day. But while daily apple eaters appeared to use fewer prescription medications, they weren’t less likely to go to health care appointments than the other people in the study.

But in 2020, an article in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition that included 16 studies involving apple consumption found an array of heart-related benefits. Eating one medium apple a day may help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation, the authors concluded. Unpeeled apples are good sources of both fiber and compounds called polyphenols that benefit heart health.

Popular apple varieties include Red Delicious, McIntosh, Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp, but more than 100 varieties are grown commercially in this country. Store apples in your refrigerator to keep them fresh. Apples are handy, nutritious snacks, especially paired with peanut butter or low-fat cheese. But you can also tuck chunks or slices of these crisp fruits in all sorts of dishes, including whole-grain pancakes, sandwiches, and salads.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. Psalm 119:7 NIV

Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. Psalm 119:2 NIV

Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Mark 11:23 NIV

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. Joshua 22:5 NIV

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. Psalm 119:111 NIV

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19 NIV

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4 NIV

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 NIV

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

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