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The Health Benefits of Apples

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“An apple a day…..”  You know the saying, and it happens to be true. We all know that apples are a round shaped fruit that grow on small deciduous trees, and they come in many varieties: Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Granny Smith, among others. They also come in various colors including green, yellow and red, varying in flavor and sweetness. They are all good for your health but the Red Delicious, especially, stand out to be the healthiest.

Apple’s Nutritional Facts

Apples contain an abundance of fructose, flavonoids and fiber, which all combined can do some healthy stuff for your body, like prevent constipation, reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, boost your immune system, reduce the risk of stroke, maintain blood sugar levels, prevent menopausal bone loss, boost memory, prevent heart disease, raise HDL cholesterol levels and lower LDL cholesterol, to name a few.

Additionally, apples can improve the appearance of skin, especially Fuji, Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples. Granny Smith and Red Delicious strengthen collagen and elastin in skin, and can help maintain a glowing and youthful appearance. The skin of Red Delicious and Fuji apples contain a high amount of antioxidant compounds called phenols. Phenols provide UV-B protection from the sun, strengthening the ability of skin to resist sun damage. In fact, the skin is the healthiest attribute of the apple, providing antioxidants and nutrient benefits.

Quercetin and Antioxidants

Apples contain Quercetin, which is thought to be the main reason why the saying “an apple a day” is associated with good health. Quercetin is mainly found in apples, black tea and onions, which helps to combat the destructive free radical molecules in many diseases, such as reducing heart attacks and cancer risk.  It can control asthma and diabetes and ward away eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Apples are also rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent many diseases. They also contain a mineral called boron, which can help to keep your bones strong and healthy, as well as 25% of the daily Vitamin C you need to strengthen your immune system and ward off colds and flu.

Lose Weight

Eating an apple a day can help dieters lose weight as well.  The sugar in apples are release slowly in the G.I. track, which can help to maintain a steady blood sugar level and control the hunger pains. If eaten before a meal, apples can help fill you up so you don’t eat so much.

Studies have shown that overweight women who ate apples lost more weight on a calorie controlled diet than those that ate no fruit at all. Additionally, those who ate apples ate fewer calories overall. Apples contain zero fat or cholesterol and have only 80 calories.

Apples are great to eat in their natural state, or try them steamed as a dessert…a much better substitute than the high-calorie, high-fat, high sugar desserts we’re accustom to.

Avoid Dirty Apples

It’s important to wash your apples.  Some of them are grown with the use of insecticides or protective waxes, containing unhealthy residues.  Wash and rinse your apples with soap and water. There are fruit wash sprays available as well.  Also, consider buying organic apples because they are void of any chemicals used to preserve them.

Eat them Anytime, Anywhere

Apples are great, and so convenient.  You can literally eat them anytime, anywhere, and they can be eaten in so many different ways.  Slice them, dice them, chop them, bake them, use them in desserts or eat them whole. You can eat them with cheese, add them in fruit salads or add a fun flavor to some apple wedges.

Apple juice is great for you as well, but make sure it’s 100% apple juice, and not from concentrate. Avoid “apple drinks” with a high sugar content. Instead, look for 100% natural apple juice or make your own. Also, consider buying organic apple juice. Pure apple juice also contains many antioxidants, just like apples themselves.

Reduces Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Finally, People who eat apples may be less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Studies have found that people who eat apples in any form are 25% less likely to have symptoms of metabolic syndrome than those who don’t. Apple eaters also had lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation whose presence in the blood suggests an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.


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sarah knox benefit auctions | MN Benefit Auctions

It’s the 4th of July today, and, per usual, all summer benefit events have gone golf. Planning for fall, winter and spring events is in full swing. If you’re planning a fundraising or benefit event, check out this benefit auctioneer in Minnesota, Sarah Knox Benefit Auctions.

She also has a youtube video on her site so you can see a little auction action.

Happy 4th.

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Science IS cool, guys!

Ran across this ridiculous article. It’s ridiculous and awesome! Let’s place bets on how long it takes him to receive his first million, billion AND trillion…

The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives

There are no hospitals in space. The closest E.R. is back on Earth, and astronauts can’t exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin’ by?

The NASA Biocapsule—made of carbon nanotubes—will be able to “diagnose” and instantly treat an astronaut without him or her even knowing there’s something amiss. It would be like having your own personal Dr. McCoy—implanted under your skin. It represents one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of medicine, and yes, it’ll work on Earth, too.

Out of all the amazing things we saw during our NASA visits, nothing blew our minds as much as this tiny little bundle of carbon. The Space Biosciences Division at NASA Ames creates medical technology for astronauts. They essentially provide healthcare for outer space. Dr. David Loftus is the man who invented the NASA Biocapsule and has been awarded a patent for it.

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My new Hero

my new hero

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Just Think

There’s an agency in town that I admire called Fast Horse. Jorg, the agency leader and a hell-of-a great guy, said something on a recent post on their blog that rings all too true for me too often:

“The average workday tends to be a series of reactions interrupted by the occasional fit of productivity. It’s not unusual for me to end my day with that sinking feeling that I worked my ass off and didn’t accomplish a thing.”

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It’s a great post about simply taking time to just think. I’m fortunate enough to have a 40-minute commute, so I get a nice chunk of time for this. That’s all I’ve got.

Go think

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The First Four Words


The first four words I saw were:

  • Naive
  • Thoughtful
  • Sincere
  • Charming
It’s a nice sentiment, drawing conclusions about yourself that are mostly positive from a word search shaped as a smiling face. It’s nice and happenstance, and it’s so very flawed. Oh well…


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That’s Not Gandalf!

If this doesn’t make you laugh, then we can’t be friends.


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Call 912

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This is Sarah, Nate’s wife.

Nate has given me permission to share the good news! We bought a house.

This house…

We have been in the house about 9 days and this is how it has been going…

  • Our closing costs were about $3,000 more than we expected.
  • On moving day, we found that there is literally no way to get a couch in the family room unless it’s collapsible or made of something bendy – like rubber.
  • It took us 3 full days to realize that we could get hot water by simply lighting the pilot light.
  • Once we had hot water, our water heater started to drip…
  • And then it started to drain a bucket’s worth every two minutes.
  • The shower heads had hardcore calcium build up, but when we went to replace them with awesome new shower heads we realized that the previous owners had rubber cemented their shower heads on.
  • Half of the shelves in our freezer are broken.
  • Nate successfully hooked up a waterline to the freezer so we can use our ice maker, but once we pushed the fridge back it started spaying water everywhere. We had to go buy a mop.
  • We took the cover off the back of the downstairs toilet to discover that it is black.
  • Some of the light switches don’t always turn on, but when Nate went to replace them he found that they were wired all wrong. We now have a book entitled Basic Wiring Techniques: Complete guide to making your own electrical repairs.
  • Comcast can’t get our line hooked up because there is a compost heap in the way. They left flags in our lawn a week ago, but have not come back to finish the project. That’s just typical Comcast, I guess. The “target date” is the 14th.
  • Tonight I started to hear noises. At first I didn’t think much of it, because I was relaxing to Pink Floyd’s The Wall album which has plenty of nontraditional sounds to it. Turns out it wasn’t apart of that epic album. Nope, we have mice.
  • After our trip tonight to get some caulk and mouse poison, we realized we have now been to Home Depot 12 times in 9 days.

We went into this thinking buying a house would be the best thing in the world. Full of fun decorating and naked Saturdays. Yet tonight, as we wandered the isles of Home Depot, we found ourselves saying, “Fucking Mice! I want to go back and not be grown up anymore!”

Naive fools, buying a house is not a awesome as you think.

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Well looky there, the page I’m running for my company hit a nice landmark not long after I shifted the strategy a bit.

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