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Apples – nutrition information

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Although there are many elements involved in keeping you healthy, consuming an apple a day with support health and is definitely a step in the right direction.
Not only are apples delicious, they are easy to carry for snacking, they provide a natural mouth freshener, and are fairly inexpensive.

Apples come in a variety of packages.  Some are yellow skinned, some red and some green skinned.  The apple is actually a member of the rose family.  They also come in an assortment of flavours. The Golden and Red Delicious apples are sweet, whilst the Granny Smith apples are notable brisk and tart.  Granny smith apples are preferred for baking desserts such as the apple pie due to its tart flavour.

Health Benefits

  • Apples are a good source of vitamin A and B1
  • They are rich is a number of minerals including potassium, calcium, phosphorus and sodium.  This makes them an important food to support bone health;
  • Apples are rich in pectin.  Pectin is an important nutrient that can help reduce high cholesterol levels as well as remove toxic metals from the body.  Pectin is also very beneficial for intestinal issues.  It also helps bind radioactive residues and excretes them from the body;
  • Apples are very cleansing for the liver and gall bladder
  • A lot of the vitamin C content found in apples is found just underneath the skin in the skin.  It is therefore important to eat the apple with the skin on.
  • The fibre content is mainly found in the skin of the apple.  Consuming the skin increases the insoluble fibre content thus preventing constipation
  • Apples stewed without the skin (and with no added sugar) can aid in the relief of diarrhoea

How to Enjoy 

  • Add diced apple to fruit salads or green salads for an extra sweetness
  • Stew a chopped apple with red cabbage
  • Sliced apple served with cheese is a favourite especially amongst kids for that very quick and healthy snack.

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