Apples – nutritional power houses
We’ve been entertaining you with some quirky apple facts; now to get serious about this wonderful fruit – apples nutritional information.
- Don’t peel your apple. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel.
- Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
- A medium apple is about 80 calories. Or 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide just 50 calories.
- Apples contain good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene.
- Apples are a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6).
- At 4 grams per average size apple, they are a great source of fiber which helps prevent absorption of dietary-LDL or bad cholesterol in the gut.
- Thanks to their high levels of boron, apples can help improve your memory, mental alertness, and electrical activity of the brain. While not high in calcium, their boron content helps strengthen bones.
- The soluble fiber found in apples is called pectin and can help lower cholesterol levels.
- Apples are rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenolics. Some of the important flavonoids in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2.