May 24, 2013
FEATURED PRODUCTS: Apple Puree
Apples are thought to have originated in Europe in the mountainous areas between the Black and Caspian Seas as long as 3000 years ago.
Greek and Roman folklore contain many references to apples. For example, in ancient Greece, a man wanting to propose marriage to a woman
need only toss her an apple. If she caught it, he knew she accepted.
Apples were brought to America by the European settlers as one of their favorite fruits. These apples were much preferred over the
indigenous crab apples that already existed in North America. As the colonists expanded their settlements to the West they brought
the European apple with them. Now the apple is grown commercially in 36 states.
Apples health benefits begin with is amazing array of Polyphenols, or plant biomolecules which have anti-oxidant properties.
These biomolecules protect cells and body chemicals against damage caused by free radicals, reactive atoms that contribute to
tissue damage in the body. For example, when low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is oxidized, it can become glued to
arteries and cause coronary heart disease.
Additionally, there are studies that show that apples (as well as other fruits) help reduce the incidence of colon cancer,
breast cancer, and intake of apples has been associated with decreased risk of asthma. Quercitin, found in apples, is a key
anti cancer phytochemical. Preliminary studies have also shown that apples help with age-related health problems, including
macular degeneration of the eye and neurodegenerative problems.
Encore Fruit Marketing can provide an excellent source of apple puree to help consumer products deliver one of the 5 A Day fruit servings.
Apple puree is carefully processed from fresh, ripened apples to provide the essential nutrition and color, in a convenient,
ready to use ingredient form for processed beverage and food applications. Apple puree is an excellent ingredient to add a
fruit serving to your retail label for beverages, cakes, pies, pastries, sauces, jellies and other processed foods like
nutrition bars and snacks.
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