We’ve heard it for years, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” Is this just an old wives' tale? We don’t think so. There are many varieties of apples to choose from and although the nutritional composition may differ from a green, red or yellow apple, each type contains properties that contribute to your overall well-being. Apples are packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Here are our top 3 reasons apples make a perfect addition to include in a healthy diet.
Good source of fiber: With about 4 grams of fiber per apple, they are a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Apples contain pectin, a soluble fiber that is fermented by beneficial bacteria in the large intestine. It can slow digestion leaving you to feel more full and prevent overeating. Pectin can help prevent digestive issues and has the ability to bind to cholesterol and toxins in order to shuttle them out of the body.
Contains Antioxidants: Apples are a rich source of flavonoids. Flavonoids are plant-based chemicals that help to protect plants against environmental toxins. In people, they have been found to have powerful antioxidant effects as well. Apples contain some specific antioxidants including quercetin, catechin and chlorogenic acid. The highest concentration of these antioxidants is typically found in the skin of the apple.
Rich in Vitamin C: It is best to get in your Vitamin C through whole food sources. One apple can provide about 8 mg of Vitamin C, almost 10 percent of your recommended daily DV. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant. It is an essential nutrient that plays an important role in the development of collagen, helps to increase iron absorption, and is a critical component in keeping your immune system strong.
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