Dr. Phil Shares The Most Popular Apple Varieties For Fall

 

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Summer has fallen, giving way to… well, fall. But it’s not just the air that’s getting crisper. It’s apple season and, while most varieties are available year-round, now is the time when the sugary, tangy, crunchy fruit is harvested. There are over 100 apple varieties grown commercially in the North America representing a whole host of shapes, color schemes, textures and flavor profiles. With so much choice, picking can be paralyzing.

So here are 10 of the most common varieties so whether you’re picking them from the orchard or the produce aisle, you’ll know what to expect in terms of taste as well as how best to enjoy them.

 

Red Delicious
Originally known as the Hawkeye, this is the most popular, most maligned, most ironically named of all apple varieties in the US.
Flavor profile: After generations of breeding for longer shelf life and cosmetic stability—call it vanity ripeness—the flavor has largely been cultivated out of the Red Delicious. It now has thick skin, a one-note sweet flavor, and an often crumbly texture.
Where it’s grown: Just about everywhere.
Best enjoyed: Straight out of the silo. Red Delicious apples are not regarded for their use in baking.
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples Red Delicious

 

McIntosh
This is what you expect to get when you bite into a Red Delicious.
Flavor profile: With a soft skin and softer flesh, the McIntosh strikes a level balance between sweet and acidic.
Where it’s grown: Throughout the northeastern and upper Great Lakes states and eastern Canada.
Best enjoyed: Raw, in fruit salad, or sauced. McIntosh apples typically collapse when baked.
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples McIntosh

 

Golden (or Yellow) Delicious
Considered an all-purpose apple, the Golden Delicious—along with Red Delicious (no relation)—is the one most commonly found in 42-pound bags sold for five dollars at the grocery store.
Flavor profile: Mild and sweet, the flesh is juicy, but taste-wise isn’t all that different from the Red Delicious.
Where it’s grown: In most regions of the country.
Best enjoyed: Pick your poison. It works whole, chopped into salad, or baked into desserts.
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples Golden Yellow Delicious

 

Gala
This New Zealand breed has gained popularity in the last 15 years. It’s a cross between a Kidd’s Orange Red and a Golden Delicious apple (assuming you’re up on apple husbandry).
Flavor profile: With pinkish-orange striping over a gold base, its skin is thin, concealing a crisp and juicy flesh that’s fragrant and fairly sweet.
Where it’s grown: All but the southernmost points of the lower 48.
Best enjoyed: Raw, juiced, or in salads.
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples Gala

 

Granny Smith
Neon green and as squat as a five-foot bodybuilder, this is probably the most readily-recognized of all apple varieties.
Flavor profile: If you’re into tartness, this bitter old bird is your go-to. Its crisp, juicy flesh, however, does sweeten with storage.
Where it’s grown: Originally cultivated in Australia, it’s harvested stateside below the Mason-Dixon Line, and is available year-round.
Best enjoyed: Raw, in pies, or in salads where its tartness can be offset. Granny Smiths work especially well with nut butters.
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples Granny Smith

 

Fuji
The Fuji was created in Japan (where it’s still the most popular variety) and is a cross between two American varieties (Red Delicious and Ralls Genet).
Flavor profile: Dense, crisp and generally regarded the sweetest of all varieties.
Where it’s grown: It wasn’t introduced here until the 1980s, but there are now more Fuji apples produced in all but the northern- and southernmost parts of the US than in Japan.
Best enjoyed: Raw, chopped into salads, or baked into pie.
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples Fuji

 

Braeburn
Apple snobs can’t gush enough about how this variety was discovered—as opposed to bred—in New Zealand. Its probable parents are the Lady Hamilton and Granny Smith.
Flavor profile: Thin-skinned Braeburns boast textbook apple flavor and balance sweet and tart along with faint notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Where it’s grown: Just about anywhere on the mainland except the northernmost parts of the Midwest and New England.
Best enjoyed: Raw, but it’s also known to juice very little during baking.
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples Braeburn

 

Pink Lady
This brand name for the Cripps Pink variety applies to apples grown under specific license, dictating a rigid sugar-to-acid ratio, among other traits. Those that don’t qualify are sold as Cripps.
Flavor profile: A cross between the Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, the Pink Lady is firm and crunchy with a tart flavor that finishes sweetly.
Where it’s grown: In America, it’s primarily grown in Washington and California.
Best enjoyed: Raw, in salads, baked in pies, and sliced onto cheeseboards.
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples Cripps Pink Lady

 

Honeycrisp
The product of efforts to develop cold-weather apples, the honeycrisp is the official state fruit of Minnesota.
Flavor profile: Keeps things simple with a light overall flavor profile that’s more sweet than tart. It’s also juicy and moderately crunchy.
Where it’s grown: The northern Great Lakes and New England. They’re actually better a week or so after removal from cold storage, making the time when you buy them the time that’s best to enjoy them.
Best enjoyed: Hardy and versatile, honeycrisps are up to any task you put them up against
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples Honeycrisp

And by the way, this is one of my favorite treats during this time of year.  They’re more expensive than all of the others, however, well worth it

Empire
Introduced in—where else—New York in the 1960s, it takes a lot to bruise this cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh varieties despite its thin skin.
Flavor profile: Retaining the sweetness of the Red Delicious and the tartness of the Mac, this is a crisp, juicy everyman’s apple.
Where it’s grown: Mostly in the Northeast and upper Midwestern states.
Best enjoyed: Raw, cooked (it’s better for this than most), chopped into salads, and in lunchboxes.
Beachbody Blog Guide to Apples Empire

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Fatigued? Could your Iron be low?

Fatigued?

Low iron could be part of the root cause of your fatigue. It could be a matter of absorption, health of the red blood cell, or compounding factors like thyroid, poor sleep, and related heart issues. ™There is preliminary evidence that iron supplementation might improve unexplained fatigue in non-anemic women. Low iron is one of the top reasons for fatigue, but it is not the only reason. Dr. Laura M. Brown ND can help you dig into the root cause of your fatigue.

Get help now.

Who is at Risk?

  • menstruating women
  • vegan and vegetarians
  • high performance athletes
  • those with Celiac, gluten sensitivity, Crohn’s or colitis
  • long term use of proton pump inhibitors
  • H.Pylori infection
  • internal bleeding of any kind

Food Sources of Iron

™Food Sources: meats of all kinds, liver and organ meats (animal sources best absorbed), kelp, legumes, tofu, whole grains, molasses, nuts and seeds, wheat, millet, dark leafy greens, sardines, prune juice and oysters.

Iron Absorption

Iron absorption depends on proper stomach acid and the ability for the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to absorb. The body will only absorb what iron it needs, and pass the rest along in the stool. Animal based heme (iron) is best absorbed. Vegetable based iron sources are absorbed at a fraction of animal based sources. If there are stomach acid issues, like an H.Pylori infection or prolonged use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s), or issues with the GI lining like in Celiac, Crohn’s or Colitis, then absorption of iron and other vital nutrients may be impaired.

Your iron could be low if you have these symptoms:

™Fatigue, weakness

™Dizziness, especially on rising quickly

™Shortness of breath on exertion, chest pain

™Headache

™Coldness in your hands and feet

™Pale skin, tongue, conjunctiva

™Brittle nails

™Swelling or sore tongue, cracks at side mouth

™Enlarged spleen, frequent infections

Why do I feel this way?

™Iron is also a cofactor in the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. This is why low iron has the potential to contribute to low mood.

Iron deficiency may affect selenium absorption, which could then affect thyroid hormone production. Low thyroid function can can contribute to a state of fatigue.

™Iron deficiency can also cause restless legs, contributing to poor sleep, which means less healing in sleep, more hormonal imbalance and compounded issues of fatigue.

If you don’t have enough hemoglobin-carrying red blood cells, your heart has to work harder to move oxygen-rich blood through your body. This can lead to arrhythmias, murmur, enlarged heart, or even heart failure.

Iron is used to make the hemoglobin complex on the red blood cells.

™If your red blood cells are breaking down or not enough are made, you will not have the ability to use the iron to make the hemoglobin.

™There are four “parking spots” for Oxygen and carbon dioxide on your red blood cells – this is the iron binding capacity or “TIBC” you see on your blood work.

™When the TIBC is high you iron might be low.

Sometimes serum iron is fine but the ferritin is high. The body squirrels away iron when there is an infection. This is because virus and bacteria use iron to help replicate. What a smart body we have!  Inflammatory factors of infection and low iron contributes to fatigue.

 

Diagnosing Low Iron

Clinical presentation (your signs and symptoms) are the first clue to low iron. A simple blood test including a CBC and Iron Panel will help dig into the root cause of your fatigue. Further exploration and tests may be required to diagnose other contributing factors of health as mentioned above. A naturopathic doctor is always on the look out for the true root cause of your health concerns.

™CBC – complete blood count

–Number, size of red blood cells (RBC) (iron def. anemia red blood cells are smaller than normal)

–Number, size of white blood cells

–Number of platelets

–Reticulocyte count – immature RBC – tells if bone marrow production rate of RBCs is normal

–Hemoglobin- iron rich protein on your red blood cells that carries oxygen to your tissues and carbon dioxide away

–Hematocrit – measures how much space your red blood cells take up in your blood

™Serum iron – amount of iron in your blood. Not always indicative of the total amount of iron in your body.

™Serum ferritin – think tin is something you store things in– this is your iron storage.

™Transferrin – trans for transfer – this protein carries iron in your blood

™TIBC – measures how much of the transferrin is around and not carrying any iron

Dr.  Laura M. Brown, ND 

Dig into Digestion

First it must be absorbed

How does the body breaks down food?

What helps the nutrients become available?

What does it mean if you experience, pain, bloat, gas, constipation or diarrhea?

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Dig into Digestion with Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND and get the facts on optimizing your health by paying attention to the signs and symptoms provided by your gastrointestinal tract.

Free Class! Register here

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Wednesday, Oct 19th.

6:30-8:00pm

 

 

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Relax Pack: 5 Week Stress Reduction Program

More Skills, Less Pills

Sometimes the brain can grow comfortable with common emotional experiences, even if they are stressful or negative. There is a dynamic interaction among the brain, the heart, nervous system, hormones, and yes, also our emotions. In order to shift our experience to a more positive state, we need to replace old unhealthy patterns with new healthier ones.

This is why Dr. Laura is introducing this new series for positive health change.

Relax Pack – 5 Week Program to Reduce Stress:

Useful for athletes, artists and professionals  to get “in the flow”; helpful for students to increase focus and concentration and acts as a tool for those struggling with anxiety, depression and emotional regulation.

A value of over $400 is offered to you for $250. If you or your spouse or parent has employee benefits, naturopathic services may be covered under your plan. Check it out! Rates are valid from September through December, 2016. Details below.

Shift your physiology from stress & anxiety to calm + energy.

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Details : Relax Pack – 5 Week Program to Reduce Stress

  1.  Start with a full one hour naturopathic intake ($160): There are forms to fill out in advance to help make our time together more effective. This will provide a global perspective on your health history, your family medical history, a record of your existing supplements and medications, collection of physical symptoms of pain, fatigue, stress, review of any recent laboratory or imaging, and what you may have tried in the past that has worked or not worked so well. In this intake, we will take a heart rate variability base line measurement. If you are an existing patient with Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND then you have already met step 1.

 

  1. Weekly 15 minute sessions for 4 weeks. Over the course of the four weeks, we will train your brain and your heart to intentionally stimulate a positive emotional shift.  Progressive coherence techniques will be shared to help you learn how to make more conscious choices. Additionally, in each session resources and personal practice guidance will be made available to you on the three pillars of diet, sleep and exercise. Biofeedback using the HeartMath Emwave Pro device will help track and monitor your individual progress. Heart rate variability is a key measurement of health.  Each session cost of $22.50 ( value of 4 x $45=$180 ).  

Sessions must be completed within a 2 month time frame from initial appointment for the special rate to apply. (I recognize that weekly appointments are not always feasible). This helps to ensure frequent interactions for optimal skill acquisition.

  1. During these 4 sessions, either a 50mL tincture or two homeopathic pouches individually prescribed, will be made available to you. (Value of $10)

For a limited time, this all will be available for $250. Pay as you go.

At any time, during or after the initial program, additional 15minute sessions available at $45 or 30 minute sessions are available at $75 each.

When you call to book your appointment (519) 826-7973 you are provided with the necessary intake forms for your first appointment.