The following column was written by Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RDN, an assistant professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and director of the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center. With autumn’s arrival and October being National Apple Month, it's a great time to brush up on our apple facts. Archaeologists have discovered signs that humans ate apples as far back as 6500 B.C., and this fruit has a long history throughout the world. At least 100 varieties of apples are grown commercially in the United States, with more than 2,500 varieties grown throughout 50 states for individual enjoyment. Apples can be found in many shades of red, yellow, and green, with a variety of textures and tastes. It's surprising when people say they do not like apples. It may be because most people have only tasted one or two of the most popular varieties. If the sweetness of a Red Delicious or the tartness of a Granny Smith isn't appealing, try the more complex flavors of a Braeburn, Fuji, or Gala. Texture is also important, ranging from the tender Jonathan and McIntosh to the firmer Honeycrisp and Cameo varieties. Better yet, try heirloom varieties, especially Colorado-grown. The flavors and quality will surprise and please even the pickiest eaters, and the more people buy the heirloom varieties, the more available they will become. The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has a lot of truth to it. From a nutrition and health standpoint, what’s not to love? Apples are high in water content and a good source of fiber, vitamin c, antioxidants, and polyphenols. In historic periods of typhoid epidemics, patients were encouraged to drink water mixed with apple cider. In Ayurveda medicine, apples are praised for warming the body as it prepares to transition from summer to fall. They are also believed to cleanse the liver, regulate digestion, and clean the tongue. Western medicine concurs; studies indicate apples may be beneficial in the prevention and management of high blood sugar, inflammation, asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and nerve and eye disorders. Furthermore, healthy adults have been observed to eat fewer calories at a meal after they eat a medium-sized apple. While I am not recommending a diet of apples to the exclusion of other fruits and vegetables, it is worth considering a daily habit. Apples are versatile. Raw slices go well with cheese, nuts, or turkey slices, while apples cooked with cinnamon and cloves provide a warm breakfast or dessert. This fruit can also be chopped into salads, stews, and quick breads, or used to create all-natural applesauce and apple butter. If you want to keep them sliced for snacking, prevent browning by sprinkling with lemon or pineapple juice. You can also enjoy them year-round; find extensive suggestions for preserving them here. What about apple juice? One hundred percent fruit juice is better than soda or juice drinks, but still full of natural sugar and calories without the fiber. A whole fresh fruit is a much better pick. Enjoy your apples, and see you at the orchard.
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[caption id="attachment_3427" align="alignright" width="300"] Curcumin root and turmeric powder[/caption] A CSU researcher is seeking volunteers to participate in a study on a dietary supplement that may promote weight loss and improve control of blood sugar. In the study, being conducted by the Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, participants will be given only natural ingredients: curcumin and alpha-lipoic acid. Volunteers should be 18-65 years old, weigh more than they desire, and/or have a fasting blood sugar (glucose) concentration greater than 100 mg/dL. Volunteers should not currently be using medications for weight loss or blood sugar control. Participants will receive financial compensation for time spent in the laboratory. They will be asked to exercise, undergo measures of metabolic rate (how many calories are burned) and blood sugar control, provide blood and muscle samples, and eat the small dietary supplement (capsules) daily for 12 weeks. The investigators in the study are Christopher Bell, a CSU associate professor of health and exercise science, and Sreejayan Nair, an associate professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wyoming, where the collected tissue samples will be tested at the cellular level. The two-year study, which is funded by a National Institutes of Health program called IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence, ends next summer. The Department of Health and Exercise Science is in CSU's College of Health and Human Sciences. For more information, contact the lab at 970-491-3495 or email@example.com. This protocol has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at CSU (Protocol# 13-4282H).
Graduate students in Colorado State University’s Department of Design and Merchandising will show off their original textile designs in a new multicultural exhibit that debuts on Friday, Sept. 26, in CSU’s Gustafson Gallery. The textile items featured in the exhibit, Diversity in Textile Design: Works in Progress, were inspired by a diverse combination of cultures. Inspiration for the designs comes from West Africa, Western Saudi Arabia, and Victorian England, as well as from the world of microorganisms and the biodiversity of nature. Each of the textile designs was printed on silk using state-of-the-art digital textile printing technology. Color is a focal point in the exhibit, both from an ethnic culture perspective and as an aspect of digital design technology. Textile design provides a unique window through which to view diverse cultures and approaches to aesthetic beauty. Creating new textiles and clothing for exhibition, alongside the traditional ethnic sources of inspiration, provides an experience that engages students and the larger community in learning more about non-Western cultures, and has the potential to enhance appreciation for multiple cultural approaches to design. The exhibit opens Friday, Sept. 26, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The textile designers will be in attendance to interact with gallery viewers about their work. The Gustafson Gallery, part of the Department of Design and Merchandising in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is located in room 318 of the Gifford Building on Lake Street on the CSU campus. The Gallery is part of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 14.
The Fashion Report, a student-run magazine produced by the Fashion Group International student group at CSU, released its fall/winter issue now available on the magazine's new website. This is the publication's fifth issue, and its release marks the beginning of an exciting semester filled with many changes for the magazine. Part of the CSU community "In this issue we tried to highlight styles and trends that most appeal to the typical college student," explained Taylor Jaquez, public relations director for The Fashion Report, on this season's issue, "with the desire to dress to impress within the confines of their budget and busy schedule." Jet-setting fashionista and fashionisto Rams can now stay on top of the latest trends in the fashion industry with The Fashion Report's website, which offers up-to-date reports on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Fashion Report also plans on involving students in its fashion updates this semester. "In particular, our brilliant social media team will be going around campus and taking pictures of the fashionably dressed members of our CSU community," Jaquez said. Expanding the horizons of fashion This semester, The Fashion Report is implementing several new changes, which are effective in the new fall/winter issue. For example, a new demographic has been included in this season's issue. "This is the first issue we have included menswear trends, seen in the Extortion photo shoot," Jaquez said. "The classic styles of button-down shirts and dress coats are updated with new patterns and accessories like suspenders, vests and ties." Another new feature is the magazine's recognition of local businesses and tips on how to find unique fashion in Fort Collins. "We want to highlight those hidden gems around Fort Collins, because it's an amazing city and there are so many entrepreneurs accomplishing remarkable things that we think deserve attention," Jaquez said. Publication growing rapidly The Fashion Report's success is evident in its increased staff. To date, the magazine has 66 contributors, allowing more diversity in job positions and helping the publication progress. While preparing next season's issue, The Fashion Report provides weekly fashion articles and updated fashion content to The Rocky Mountain Collegian, which can be found on the Collegian's website and in every Wednesday's print issue.
Colorado State University, for the second year in a row, will be involved in Denver Startup Week, one of the largest startup events in the country.
Colorado State University students will volunteer at a technology workshop for older adults taking place in the Fort Collins Senior Center on Sept. 17 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Colorado State University will host a distinguished foreign guest this week: An official from a young university in the African nation of Burundi will be on campus as part of an effort to encourage CSU faculty and students to join this emerging partnership between the two universities.
An expert on multicultural education and teaching students with diverse backgrounds will speak at Colorado State University on Thursday, Sept. 18.