Can an Apple a Day Melt the Pounds Away?

I don’t know about you, but most of my family members and friends are trying to lose weight. Some of us are overweight and do not want to see the number on the scale go any higher. Others, like me, have lost weight and want to sustain their downsized profile. Given our single-mindedness, it’s no wonder that millions of dieters will spend $61 billion in 2013 on weight-loss programs, products and gadgets, according to market research firm Marketdata Enterprises. But …

A Deer in the Garden, a Cat in the Box

These are the gentle years, beyond the rages of youth and the desperation of middle age, seasons of summer warmth, and skies so intensely blue that it hurts the eyes to gaze upon them.  Only God and the artist Magritte could paint such skies and implant such peace on a softening day in July. I was sitting on a bench in our garden, a half-acre spread that my wife has transformed into Eden, when it occurred to me how much …

Apple-a-Day Drops ‘Bad’ Cholesterol 40 Percent

Statins, schmatins. Just eat one whole apple a day and you can cut your cholesterol. By a lot. Or so a new study from Ohio State University suggests. A group of healthy older adults ages 40 to 60 who ate an apple a day for four weeks ended up lowering their levels of LDL – called the “bad” cholesterol because it gums up the arteries – by a whopping 40 percent. Wow, we thought, that old saying really is true. …

Genetically Altered Apples That Don’t Turn Brown: Would You Bite?

In the hopes of selling more apples — including more pre-sliced fruit for snacking — one biotech company is trying to bring to market a genetically altered apple that doesn’t turn brown when it’s bruised or cut. According to the New York Times, the company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Canada, thinks its non-browning apple will do for the apple industry what baby carrots did for carrot growers — mainly, spur sales by making the product more convenient. (Except that carrot …