Is An Apple Really Good For You?

Have you ever wondered if an apple is really as good for you as people always say?  You’ve heard the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but is this really true?  Is an apple truly so nutritious that is can have such a profound impact on your health?  Let’s take a closer look.

Nutrition

A single medium-sized apple is a 100 calorie snack.   That’s a good start since a single Snickers bar is 280 calories, but we know that fruit is low in calories.  What else is in the apple?  Fiber.  A medium apple contains 4.4 grams of fiber.  That’s a great source of fiber in one quick snack.  Fiber is what makes us feel full so, after you enjoy your apple, you won’t want to eat again 15 minutes later.  The fiber in apples is an important component of your diet if you are trying to lose weight and a great way to satisfy one of the food groups at a meal.

Apples are also a good source of antioxidants.  This may be one reason that apples have been found to reduce the risk of certain cancers and help to prevent heart disease.  It seems that the apple is, in fact, pretty good for you.

Keep the doctor away?  An apple is not the most nutritious fruit you can find, nor is it the highest in fiber, but it’s a great addition to your diet, so while it may not keep the doctor away it certainly won’t hurt.

Concerns

There are some things that you should know about apples.  First, the seeds of apples are poisonous.  Don’t worry, though, as humans do not tend to have any issues with them.  Even so, it is best to remove the seeds and not consume them.

Also, apples are one of the most heavily sprayed fruits around, so you can expect that there is pesticide residue on your apple that you bought from the store.  Buying organic or from a local farmer’s market that used no pesticide may reduce this threat but if that’s not possible be sure to wash your apples before you eat them.

Easy To Eat

Apples are easy to add to your diet because they need no preparation, making them one of the good things to eat after a workout.  They are sweet enough to satisfy your desire for something sweet, and the crisp texture of most apples is enjoyable to eat.  Dried apples make a great snack.  Apples can be added to a fruit or lettuce salad or dipped in peanut butter for a delicious snack with some added protein.  Kids love them and you should too.

Lessons Learned:

  • an apple is low in calories, is a good source of fiber, and helps to prevent certain diseases
  • you should wash your apple well and avoid the seeds
  • an apple makes a great 100 calorie snack

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