No Biblical food is more famous and none has gotten a worse rap than the humble apple – despite the fact that Adam and Eve probably didn’t even see an apple, much less munch on one.
The Bible never says exactly what fruit the serpent used to tempt Eve in the Garden of Eden. Christian tradition holds that it was an apple, but many scholars who have studied the botany of the Bible think it was more likely an apricot – maybe even a citron, an orange or a quince; a central Asian fruit that resembles a hard-fleshed yellow apple.
But elsewhere in the Bible, the apple gets high marks for its healthful, healing powers that modern science has since confirmed.
The Ancient Greeks who lived during Bible times believed the apple healed all ailments. An Arabic author from the same era wrote: ‘Its scent cheers my soul, renews my strength and restores my breath’.
An article in American Medicine magazine has praised the apple as ‘therapeutically effective in all conditions of acidosis, gout, rheumatism, jaundice, all liver and gallbladder troubles, nervous and skin diseases caused by sluggish liver, hyperacidity and states of autointoxication’.
Modern researchers at Michigan State University call the apple ‘the all-round health food’
Here are some of the potent healing powers of apples:
- They lower both bad cholesterol and high blood pressure
- The juices in apples are highly effective virus fighters
- They help stabilize blood sugar – important in controlling diabetes
- They suppress the appetite without robbing the body of nutrients
- Depending on the need, they prevent constipation and treat diarrhoea
The apple’s ability to keep our hearts healthy and pumping has been confirmed by U.S., French and Italian researchers, among others. An animal study at the Institute of Physiology in France came to the startling conclusion that a diet heavy in apples actually lowered heart-damaging cholesterol levels anywhere from 28 to 52 points.
Now you can find out what the Bible says about all kinds of food …
Bible Foods that Heal