Good Morning Flock:
Today’s sermon will focus on what Eve supposedly tempted Adam with in The Garden. I’ve often wondered why, out of all the fruits that were “created” (by whom, or by what, I will leave for you to decide) the Apple was chosen to represent the “Forbidden Fruit”.
After a fair amount of research, I have concluded that the Apple is too good to be forbidden.
Apples (of any color, especially with their skin on) are good for the heart, because they are a great source of dietary fiber (pectin), which aids in the lowering of cholesterol levels in the blood. Also, as you know, fiber helps regulate bowel movements (ultimately reducing the risk of colon cancer). But I bet you didn’t know that eating an apple a day limits the risk of many skin diseases. Other cancers that seem to be thwarted by this “gift” of the “serpent” are breast, prostate and even lung.
Apples contain 8-14% natural fruit sugar called fructose. While it is a simple sugar, unlike most others, because of the pectin in the skin, the sugar of an apple is broken down slowly over time. This helps the blood sugar levels remain stable and it is what ends up being converted to natural energy for the body. So it’s perfect to eat before and after exercise!
Now, I am sure you’re wondering “do red, yellow and green apples provide any different health benefits?” Actually, yes. For instance:
Red Apples (packed with more nutrients than any of the others) are good for urinary tract health, as well as, memory function. Yellow Apples are beneficial for vision and immune system strength. And, finally Green Apples are good for strong bones and teeth.
Home Remedies? Sure. For indigestion, eat an apple before meals. For diarrhea, mix grated apples with plain live yogurt. To speed up digestion, eat a Green Apple after a non-vegetarian meal.
So, there you have it. For my money, the fruit the Serpent presented to Eve to tempt Adam with couldn’t have been the Apple. For what it’s worth, I believe it had to be a lemon. Why? “When life gives you lemons, ….”