The Dark Side of Apples

“When you look at the dark side, careful you must be.  For the dark side looks back.” Yoda

Do apples have a dark side?

What is more beautiful and healthy looking than a fresh red apple? No wonder Snow White was tempted …

The image of good health

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. I remember the first time I heard that old saw. I know it was pre-kindergarten. I asked my mom what it meant and she explained how this healthy eating habit would keep you well and you wouldn’t need to go to the doctor. I was thrilled to hear that as I had endured some serious doctoring as a child and anything that could reduce my doctor visits was okay by me.

Back in April I wrote about the benefit of eating apples daily in lowering cholesterol levels.

John has written a number of blog items on his consumption of diet soda and his attempts to cut down on his unhealthy habit. I really admire his candor and courage. Few people are able to admit even to themselves that they have a destructive habit, let alone to thousands of blog readers.

I wanted to write this piece on apples because while I do eat an apple a day for all the healthy reasons, not to mention that I love their taste, for me there is also a dark side to apples.

My problem is that much as I love and consume raw apples, I lust for and consume them in pastries – their dark side.

One of my apple turnovers – culinary porn – nearly 8 inches of flake-crusted heaven

Almost every day I eat some of an apple turnover, apple pie, or if I go to the riverboat casino buffet, apple cobbler.

A 3 inch apple has 95 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 1.8 mg of sodium, 25.1 grams of carbohydrate, 4.4 grams of fiber, 18.9 grams of real fruit sugar and 0.5 grams of protein. Sparkling nutrition.

In contrast to this salubrious summary, an apple turnover has 260 calories, 13 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, no cholesterol, 170 mg of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 14 grams of sugar (refined) and 2 grams of protein.

The apple pie and apple cobbler contain similar damning nutrients.

The apple turnover in the picture, culinary porn, is one of mine fresh from the bakery. You can see by its size it is amazing. You’ll have to take my word for it that the flaky confection tastes as good as it looks. I eat a half of one of these most days. That is where the above nutrition info came from. Because of its size I count half of it as 260 calories, etc. As long as I am riding my bicycle I can snack on devilish treats like this and keep my weight in the 150’s.

If/when I am unable to ride my bike and burn off these calories, I will have to confine myself to the healthy side of the apple and forgo the dark side.

Update: As of May 2013, I have actually eliminated apple turnovers, etc from my daily diet. I feel better as a result and don’t miss them nearly as much as I had imagined I would.


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One response to “The Dark Side of Apples

  1. Nora

    I don’t have your problem, Tony. I only like apples raw. Do not like them served anyother way. I always thought that was kinda funny. It’s like tomatoes. I hate tomatoes but love tomato sauce, soup, ketchup & salsa. But if someone puts a tomato on my sandwich I go nuts & I have to pick them out of my salad, too. LOL


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