Apple Nutrition Facts
An apple a day keeps the doctor away is the old saying. Whilst they are not going to cure all ailments and keep you in good health on their own, they are nonetheless very good for you and are a very useful part of a balanced diet. They are very good for your physical and dental health.
The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have been present in the mythology and religions of many cultures, including Norse, Greek and Christian traditions. In 2010, the fruit’s genome was decoded, leading to new understandings of disease control and selective breeding in apple production.
Types Of Apples
Apples come in many varieties from the plain Golden Delicious to the tangy Pink Lady (my own personal favorite). As we all know apples gown on trees and they become ripe in autumn.Although it depends on the weather and the variety of apple, they are generally best picked between September and October. Apples grow best in temperate climates around the UK and in parts of the States. China is the biggest apple grower in the world producing almost half the worldwide production of apples.
Apples are one of the most esteemed fruits in the Northern Hemisphere, in part because they’re so versatile. They’re delicious raw, baked, dried, or made into applesauce.
They make great pies, apple butter, apple jelly, chutney, cider, and cider vinegar, and they’re a welcome addition to dozens of other dishes. So, it is widely believed that apples are good for you but let’s examine it in a bit more detail and see if their reputation is deserved.
Apparently we’ve forgiven the once-forbidden apple for its tempting ways and have learned to fully embrace the sweet pomaceous fruit.
Apples are the second most popular fruit (after bananas) in the country. They are grown in every state (meaning they can be local for everyone), and we eat on average 46 pounds of apples and apple products per person annually. How ’bout them apples?
With all those apples, you may need relief from the apple glut and rut while continuing to support your local apple orchard. Apple pie is a treasure, but there’s a much bigger world out there — so when life hands you apples, get adventurous with these fresh spins on the old classic.
More Apple Nutrition Information
- Firstly, apples do not contain a lot of calories. 100g of fresh fruit slices contain only 50 calories. It possesses no saturated fats or cholesterol. However, apples are rich in dietary fiber, which helps prevent the absorption of dietary-LDL or bad cholesterol in the gut. The fiber also saves the colon mucous membrane from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals inside the colon.
- Apples are a good source of antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenolics. The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g apple fruit is 5900 TE. Apples contain important flavonoids such as quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2.
- Apple is rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Vitamin C helps protect cells from free radical damage, it lowers cancer risk and improves iron absorption. Apples are known as a good source of vitamin C.
- Apples are also a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.
- Apples contain a small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Potassium is good for you as it helps muscles and nerves to function properly, maintains a proper electrolyte and acid base balance and helps to lower blood pressure.
In addition to the above health benefits, apples are very good for keeping your teeth clean and avoiding teeth implants. The chewing motion helps to stimulate saliva and they contain a lot of water so they will help to produce saliva and clean bacteria off teeth which can turn into plaque.
Eating apples and brushing your teeth actually have a similar effect but I wouldn’t advise replacing one with the other. Think of your smelly breath to start.