We all love an apple to snack on, but how many of us know what they really do to our bodies? Take a look at these weird and wonderful interesting facts about apples and their nutritional value – you’ll never be in the dark again.
- A typical apple is great for weight loss because it only contains 52 kcal.
- It’s also 86% water which means it’s great for quenching your thirst.
- They’re also low fat with just 0.2 grams of the stuff.
- But with just 0.3 grams of protein they’re not great for building and repairing muscle.
- Virtually all of the 14.0 grams of carbs they contain is derived from sugars.
- They’re a rich source of anti-oxidants which helps your body’s essential processes.
- But they’re not particularly rich in most types of vitamins.
- If it’s energy and a bit of common cold prevention you want though, their levels of potassium and vitamin C will be very effective.
- Potassium is also a key building block for heart health and a balanced diet.
- An apple’s skin is a rich source of fibre, but the pips have little nutritional value to humans.
- They are nearly as effective at reducing blood pressure and cholesterol as prescription drugs like statins.
- They offer high levels of flavonoids which could reduce your chances of having a stroke.
- One study suggested a 28% drop in the risk of diabetes when eating an apple a day.
- They’re known to have a powerful prebiotic effect which helps to feed your gut’s ‘good’ bacteria.
- Their anti-inflammatory ingredients have been linked to a 10% reduction in the chances of suffering from asthma.
Sounds like the saying could be true – that an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
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Is an apple a carb or protein?
Apples contain carbohydrates as well as fibre. A medium apple contains 25 grams of carbs, but 4.4 of those are fibre.
Can I eat apple on keto?
To remain in ketosis you should avoid eating apples as one apple contains at least 25g of carbs!