By Mary Barberio
YOU MIGHT HAVE heard that an apple a
day will keep the doctor away, but did you
know that it also helps to keep the dentist at
bay? Plus, because of its fiber content, it’ll
help you feel full and you won’t be tempted
to binge on junk food. What a great snack
alternative to refined, sugary sweets an
apple can be.
“Apples abound in fiber and antioxidants,”
says registered dietitian and Costco member
Darlene Zimmerman of Novi, Michigan.
“While a fiber-rich diet aids in digestion, it can
also support weight-loss efforts, lower blood
cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of devel-
oping Type 2 diabetes. And, phytonutrients
housed in apples have been linked to a reduced
risk of some cancers.”
As an additional bonus, chewing on an
apple will help in the battle against tooth
decay. While an apple a day won’t replace
your toothbrush, it will help clean your teeth
between brushings and protect your gums
from cell damage and bacterial infection
while providing a gentle massage.
“Apples tend to be crunchy and need
plenty of chewing, which stimulates lots of
salivary flow,” explains dentist and Costco
member Francis X. Kelly of Plymouth,
Michigan. “The mechanical action against the
teeth and gums helps wipe them clean of bac-
terial plaque and surface stains. The deluge of
saliva acts as a giant ‘car wash’ for your teeth
and also dilutes the acidic oral environment
which causes so much tooth decay and
He adds that one of the best characteris-
tics of apples is what they are not: man-made
and therefore not full of artificial ingredients,
chemicals, additives and excess sugars.
Apples make perfect snacks. They’re
BREAST CANCER IS the second-lead-ing cause of deaths from cancer among
women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
Forty thousand women will die from
breast cancer in 2014, according to the
American Cancer Society (ACS). Men
account for less than 1 percent of
Early detection of breast cancer is
vital. More than 232,000 new cases of
breast cancer will be diagnosed this
year, about 25 percent of which will be
the earliest form of breast cancer, with
the best prognosis and highest five-year survival rate.
The goal of screening exams for
early breast cancer detection is to find
cancers before they start to cause
symptoms. The size of a malignant
breast mass and how far it has spread
are two of the most important factors
in predicting the prognosis of a woman
with this disease.
The ACS recommends these guidelines for early breast cancer detection:
• Yearly mammograms starting at
• Clinical breast exams about every
three years; every year for
women age 40 and older
• Promptly report any change in
how breasts normally look and
feel to your health-care provider.
• Breast self-exam is an option for
women, starting in their 20s.
Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer is an ACS program that provides an opportunity for communities
to honor breast cancer survivors, raise
awareness of reducing the risk of getting breast cancer and raise money to
fight against this disease with research,
24/7 information and support, and
access to mammograms for women
who need them. Look for an event to
join in your area.
For more information about breast
cancer, how to find it early and how to
help the fight against the disease, contact the ACS at 1-800-227-2345 anytime,
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for your health
healthy, tasty, low in calories and available
in your produce section throughout the
year. Make sure you have plenty on hand for
the next time you get the munchies. Your
doctor, your dentist and your waistline will
thank you. C
Costco member Mary Barberio is a freelance
writer based in Northville, Michigan.
• Red and Golden Delicious apples
are among the sweetest. Fuji, Honeycrisp
and Royal Gala apples are crisp, juicy,
sweet and keep well. Granny Smith
apples are crisp and tart.
• Choose apples that are bright,
firm to the touch and free from brown
bruises and pressure marks.
• Depending on the variety and pick
date, apples can be kept at room temperature for one to two weeks and stored in
the refrigerator for several months.
• One bad apple can spoil the
whole bunch, as they say, so if you find
one in your bin, discard it immediately.
• Avoid storing apples with strong-smelling foods to prevent them from
absorbing unpleasant odors.
• Before eating apples, wash
them thoroughly in cold, running water
to remove any pesticide and fungicide
• To prevent cut apples from
browning, toss apple slices in a bowl
with a few drops of lemon juice.
• To get maximum health benefits,
consume the apple with its peel.
• Sliced apples can be frozen and
used in future recipes.—MB
The Costco Connection
Costco offers a variety of fresh apples and
bagged apple slices.
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