Friday, March 11, 2011

This Is Johnny Appleseed Day...

Today is the anniversary of the birth of John Chapman -- better known as Johnny Appleseed.

I have heard stories of Johnny Appleseed from the earliest times I can remember, mostly told to me by my grandmother in the 1940s in my small hometown in Northwest Indiana... but I was formally introduced to the true history of the man, John Chapman, when I was an eighth-grader in my Indiana History class. And I have never fortgotten those early tall-tales, nor the genuine facts about the man.




We're told that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what exactly are the health benefits of apples? Here are ten reasons to heed the advice of that old proverb.


Basic Nutrition Facts About Apples

> Apples don't have fat, cholesterol or sodium, which may help you maintain heart health and a healthy weight.

> Apples do have lots of fiber - both soluble and insoluble kinds. Fiber may help promote heart health and maintain regularity.

> Apples contain small amounts of potassium, which may promote heart health and help maintain healthy blood pressure.


That's enough for today. I have a great deal of creative writing and other writing-related chores to do, and can no longer put them off. And besides, I have an apple out in the kitchen that is waiting to be eaten.


"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
-- Martin Luther

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