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 nutrition facts about apples and 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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What are the health benefits of apples?
There are some pretty impressive health benefits from eating apples. They’re full of anti-oxidants and are proven to be good (in moderation!) for weight loss, they help lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and help promote good gut bacteria.
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!
Is the sugar in apples bad for you?
Whole, unprocessed foods are always more healthy. However, fruit is generally high in sugars. The type of sugar in apples is called fructose, ,and it’s difficult to get excessive sugar from fruit alone.