Can an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

Turns out, this sweet, crisp, and juicy fruit can really do a body good! Apples are loaded with more nutrients than we give them credit for.

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Low in Fat & Calories – Apples are a healthy and sensible snack, that are filling too! Good news is that one apple contains less than 100 calories. Great for the body and the waistline!

Fibre – Apples are a great source of fibre. The peel and pulp of the apple are the main contributors to the fibrous content. One medium sized apple contains over 4 grams of fibre.

Vitamin C – Apples are a good source of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C has many roles in the body including: keeping your gums healthy, helping absorb iron, protection from bruising and healing wounds, muscle, tissue and bone health, and possibly reduce the risk of disease such as cancer.

Antioxidants – Found naturally in foods, antioxidants protect the body’s cells from damage and may to help reduce the risk of disease such as cancer or heart disease. Apples get their antioxidants primarily from flavonoids, which are mostly found in the peel. Flavonoids give apples their vibrant red, yellow and green pigmentation.

An interesting note about apple juice and applesauce…

While these options can be a good source of nutrition, the fibre content is often reduced in apple juice and applesauce. The pulp and peel of the apple are often reduced or removed during the processing, thus resulting in a lower fibre product. It is also worth noting that several commercially sold juices and sauces many contain added sugars beyond the natural content of the apple, increasing the calorie and sugar content.

Enjoy apples as a part of a healthy diet. Eat them on thier own or get creative and include them in various recipes. Happy eating!

Please check out the Prairie Fruit Cookbook by Getty Stewart for delicious recipe ideas!