We all know apples are healthy right? But what many of us don’t realise is just how healthy they really are. In addition to having the highest antioxidant capacity of Australia’s most popular fruits, apples are rich in nutrients that are vital for good health and disease prevention making them a valuable choice each day for enhancing the quality of our diet.
Lets take a closer look at what each juicy Apple contains:
Dietary Fibre: According to the the World Health Organisation, high levels of dietary fibre can help prevent weight gain and apples are rich in fibre – containing more fibre per serve than some leading breakfast cereals.
Not only can fibre help control our weight, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council encourages optimum fibre intake to reduce the risk of conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular problems and certain cancers. Plus enough fibre each day is essential for good digestive health.
Low Glycemic Index: Carbohydrate foods with a low GI (glycemic index) release sugar into the bloodstream gradually to provide longer lasting energy. Because apples have a low GI of 38, they provide a sustained source of energy for the body.
In general, it is recommended that a low GI food be eaten with every meal.
Potassium: The Australian Government has suggested that we try to increase the amount of potassium in our diet because it can help control blood pressure and apples certainly make a good contribution.
In fact, fruit and vegetable consumption generally has been shown to help reduce blood pressure in those with elevated levels.
Vitamin C: Vital for healthy skin and a strong immune system – plus vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant.
Essential Minerals: Apples also contain calcium for healthy bones and teeth, iron to help transport oxygen in the body and zinc for the immune system.
B vitamins: Vital for the release of energy from food – the B group vitamins are needed in the diet each day and they can be found in apples.
No fat, cholesterol or salt: It is reassuring to know that while apples contain so many nutritional benefits they don’t have the things we don’t need.