The Goodness Of An Apple
“Let Food Be Thy Medicine & Medicine Be Thy Food” – Hipprocrates
- Helps balance sugar levels
- Tackles diarrhea and constipation
- Helps strengthen bones
- Helps lower cholesterol
Green Apples – Contain malic acid, useful digestive aid.
Red Apples – Antioxidants, which can protect against neurological damage associated with conditions, such as alzheimer’s disease are higher in red apples.
Yellow Apples – The pectin in yellow and all other apples helps lower the body’s absorption of excess dietary fats.
Some fun facts about apples:
1. Eating apples can aid in brightening teeth.
While not a substitute for toothpaste, the acid in apples actually helps clean and brighten teeth. The crunchy inside also acts like a mini toothbrush that can scrub away stains.
2. Apples are 25% air.
Which is why they float in water.
3. The apple is the official fruit of six states.
They are: Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Illinois.
4. The most grown apple is Red Delicious.
Followed by Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Fuji.
5. The heaviest apple ever recorded weighed four pounds.
It was picked in Japan in October 2005. The largest bowl of applesauce weighed 716 pounds and was made in Maryland in 2013.
6. Apples can help ripen other fruit.
Apples give off ethylene gas that accelerates ripening. You can place unripe avocados, tomatoes, and more in a bag with one apple to ripen them faster.
The table below shows the amount of each nutrient in a medium sized raw apple weighing around 182 g.
It also shows how much an adult needs of each nutrient, according to the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Needs vary according to the individual’s age and sex.
|Nutrient||Amount in 1 apple||Daily adult requirement|
|Carbohydrate (g)||25.1, including 18.9 g of sugar||130|
|Calcium (milligrams [mg])||10.9||1,000–1,300|
|Vitamin C (mg)||8.37||75–90|
|Folate (micrograms [mcg])||5.46||400|
|Beta-carotene (mcg)||49.1||No data|
|Lutein and zeaxanthin (mcg)||52.8||No data|
|Vitamin K (mcg)||4||90–120|
Apples also provide iron, vitamin A, some B vitamins, and vitamin E.
Some popular apple varieties include:
McIntosh: A juicy, red apple with tender, white flesh and a tangy flavor.
Red delicious: A crisp, juicy red apple.
Fuji: Yellow and red in color, it has firm, sweet flesh.
Granny Smith: A green apple with crisp, greenish flesh and a sharp flavor.
Golden delicious: A yellow apple with a mild, sweet flavor.
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