by Erin MacGregor, RD howtoeat.ca
Apple Pie Smoothie
- Process ingredients in a blender until smooth. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes and up to 12 hours. Enjoy in a chilled glass.
We all know the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but what protects the apples? Apples are susceptible to attacks from insects, weeds and diseases that can wipe out a crop. For example, apple scab is the number one fungal disease in apples in Canada. It attacks both tree leaves and the fruit, making the apples completely unsellable and damaging the health of the trees. Fungicides allow farmers to control apple scab and grow a viable crop.
Ontario apple grower Brett Schuyler talks about the importance of pesticides on his farm: “Why do we use pesticides? Because we have to if we want to grow a crop… Without pesticides today we certainly couldn’t function the way we do, produce the quantity and quality of crop we do.”
Recently, science has given the apple another boost. Scientists have developed a non-browning apple through modern biotechnology. This apple can be sliced without the off-putting browning that typically soon follows and leads to a significant amount of waste. Health Canada has deemed this non-browning apple just as safe as its traditional counterpart and it offers a solution to food waste and convenience issues for this healthy snack.