Apple chart at Sprouts Farmers Market

Which APPLE do I eat? It can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know one from another. But I found this simple ‘Tart to Sweet Cheat Chart’ yesterday at Sprouts Farmers Market in San Ramon. I hope it’ll help you venture out and discover some new varieties when they’re in season. Just be sure the apples (as well as applesauce and apple juice) you consume are organic

Did you know… conventionally-grown apples are kept in cold storage for months, so according to the Environmental Working Group, they’re drenched in diphenylamine to prevent brown and black patches from forming on the skin. Apples rank near the top of the EWG’s Dirty Dozen™ (#5 on their 2019 Shopper’s Guide) as they contain an average of 4.4 pesticide residues — with some containing high concentrations of pesticide.

Apples make a great portable snack as well as a sweet or tart addition to your morning smoothie. Here’s a real food recipe to get you started… my SPA (Spinach, Peach, and Apple) Smoothie.


Karen’s Fit Tip:
Soluble fiber sops up cholesterol-laden compounds in your intestine and eliminates them as waste. It acts like a “cholesterol sponge” which helps the bad cholesterol from building up in your arteries. Apples are a great source of this type of fiber, so enjoy an apple a day for a clog-free body and brain!

Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle medicine. Her science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, "Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100", and her transformative perspective have mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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