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We've often been told that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but there quite a few facts about apples that we didn't know.  Keelings, now supplying Irish eating apples to Tesco, share some interesting facts that we didn't know: 

It's surprisingly low, but did you know that only 5% of all apples eaten in Ireland are Irish? 

On average, an Irish person will eat 126 apples a year – this we can well believe.  They are a go-to staple of so many fruit lovers, being quick and easy to grab.  How amazing would it be to increase that 5% being Irish apples to 50%?

The Irish apple season starts in October each year and apples are ready to be picked when their colour deepens or if they come freely from the tree when given a gentle twist.

Keelings Irish Apples are grown locally on the Keelings farm in North Co. Dublin and they've been growing them since 1940.

According to Keelings nutritionist, Aveen Bannon, apples are an important food to have in the diet. One medium-sized apple contains 13-16% of our daily fibre needs, 8-10% of our daily Vitamin C and can help lower cholesterol.

Apples also provide an array of antioxidants which are the substances that help neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are reactive molecules that can build up as a result of natural processes and environmental pressures. If too many free radicals accumulate in the body, they can cause oxidative stress, and this can lead to cell damage. This damage can contribute to a range of conditions, including cancer and diabetes.

Keelings Irish Apple orchards are nurtured all year round to ensure the best tasting quality fruit. The apple trees are pruned in Spring to enhance air and light penetration through the crop before flowering in May. The apples are then ready to be picked when their colour deepens or if they come freely from the tree when given a gentle twist. The result is our crisp and juicy apples for you to enjoy. Buying Keelings Irish Apples means supporting Irish business and reducing our carbon footprint.

Keelings Irish Eating Apples now available in Tesco stores nationwide.

www.keelings.ie

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As the old saying goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", but did you know just how much apples can actually help your health? 

The delicious fruit is packed with numerous vitamins and minerals which contribute to a healthy and well protected system. They contain plenty of anti-oxidants as well as vitamin C which help protect your body against bacteria and viruses.

Here's how the humble apple can benefit your health:

Prevents cancer

Apples have potent anti-cancer abilities that protect the body from harmful cells. Even more they help reduce pancreatic cancer by up to 23%!

Anti-cholesterol

Apples have high amounts of fiber. When eaten the soluble fibers compete with fats and result in the decrease of absorption of bad cholesterol levels.

Boosts immunity

The anti-oxidant quercetin is found in red apples and boosts your immunity to build natural defenses for your body.

Diabetes

Apples aid in fighting off oxygen-free radicals that cause diabetes. They are packed with fibers that are key to blunting blood sugar swings.

Weight loss

Fiber comes along to save the day again as it fills the stomach with fewer calories. Hence, reducing the calorie intake along with filling your stomach up for longer.

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If you thought all an apple a day did was keep the doctor away, think again. A study has revealed that they’re actually great for your sex life.

Italian researchers analysed 731 women, and separated them into two groups: Group A ate one or two apples a day, and Group B who ate no apples.

The women then filled out a Female Sexual Function Index, which asked them about sexual function, sexual frequency, orgasm, lubrication and overall sexual satisfaction. The results showed that the women who ate apples had higher FSFI scores, “thus increasing their lubrication and overall sexual function.”

Apparently the reasons apples are so good for improving our sex lives is because they contain polyphenols and antioxidants that can stimulate blood flow to the genitalia and vagina, which helps with arousal. They also contain phloridzin, a common phytoestrogen that is structurally similar to estradiol, an important hormone for vaginal lubrication and female sexuality.

Now, if we haven’t turned your stomach with the words ‘vaginal lubrication’, go eat your apples. And if you’re planning a REALLY steamy night, here are some other foods that can help get you feeling a bit frisky:

Strawberries
If you have mastered the whole ‘looking really sexy while eating strawberries dipped in cream’ thing – we salute you. However, that’s not the only reason they’re good for your sex life. They help increase circulation, which helps with arousal, and they’re also rich in vitamin C which has been linked to higher sperm counts in men.

Avocados
These fruits are high in vitamin E and vitamin B6 which promotes better blood flow. And as we said before, good blood flow is essential for good fun in the bedroom.

Almonds
Thought nuts were boring? Think again. Almonds contain selenium which is known to help with infertility issues. They also contain vitamin E and zinc, which is meant to boost libido.

Sweet Potatoes
Eat a couple of sweet potatoes for some sweet, sweet lovin’. They’re full of potassium which is meant to be good for erectile dysfunction.

Sesame Seeds
Sprinkle them onto your cereal or into a stir-fry to get a boost of zinc, which helps with testosterone production in men, so we’re going to assume it’s good for our sexual health too!

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Somewhere along the way, ‘carbohydrate’ became a dirty word.

Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston were swearing off them for life and ‘carb-free’ alternatives were popping up on menus the world over.

However, a healthy carb supply can help give you bags of energy, keep blood sugar levels even and keep you in a good mood!

Here are five healthy foods which actually have more carbs than a slice of bread:

Sweet Potatoes
Spuds are known for their starchy carb levels, but a medium-sized sweet potato has 24 grams of carbs, 105 calories, and lots of vitamin A and potassium. Plus they’re yummy too!

Kidney beans
Kidney beans are packed full of healthy carbs – around 30 grams per serving! Put them in a yummy chilli for a carb-kick that won’t leave you bloated.

Chickpeas
Chickpeas have up 35 grams of carbs per cup—with only six of those grams from sugar. Chickpeas are also low in calories (just 210 per cup). Hummus anyone?

Apples
Sink your teeth in a delicious apple to get up to 27 grams of carbs into your daily diet. It also comes with about five grams of fibre, 114 calories, and 1.5 grams of fat.

Raisins
The perfect low fat snack! Just a quarter cup of raisins has 33 grams of carbs – more than twice as much as a slice of bread! With 123 calories, 1.5 grams of fibre per quarter cup, a handful of raisins will give you bags of energy!

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