Nutrition Information

Apples are not only delicious – they are also extremely nutritious! Research has been conducted for decades on the health values of apples. The saying, “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” definitely has some merit! Several of the facts, findings and research follow.

  • Apples have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and contain small amounts of potassium, which may promote heart health, help maintain healthy blood pressure and a healthy weight.
  • Apples contain phytonutrients which are antioxidants and help to combat the effects of bad LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is bad cholesterol, and preventing the effects of it will help prevent heart disease.
  • Your daily apple contains the same amount of dietary fiber as a bowl of breakfast bran cereal.
  • Apples contain complex carbohydrates which give you a more sustained energy boost than foods that are highly processed, or foods that are high in sugar.
  • Research has shown that people who eat an apple a day tend to breathe more easily because of the positive effects that the nutrients within apples have on lung function.
  • Apples contain an essential trace element called boron. Boron helps with bone density and can therefore help to prevent or to decrease the effects of osteoporosis.

Apples are comprised of some very complex but healthy components that have been studied and researched over the years. Read on to learn of some of the health benefits you may not have known about!

Pectin: Pectin is a natural fiber found in many fruits with apples being the richest source of pectin among all the fruits. Recent studies have revealed many health benefits from consumption of pectin:

  • Acts as an antioxidant against the bad cholesterol in the blood stream.
  • Decreases the chances of colon cancer.
  • Works well as an anti-diarrhea agent.
  • Reduces high blood pressure.
  • Is effective in the regression, or prevention of, gallstones.

 

There is also recent evidence to suggest that taking Apple Pectin everyday over time can lead to a reduction in insulin requirements which may lessen the severity of diabetes.

 

Phytochemicals: Research suggests that phytochemicals may help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of many diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cataracts, osteoporosis, and urinary tract infections. "Phyto" is a Greek word that means plant and phytochemicals are usually related to plant pigments. So, fruits and vegetables that are bright colors - yellow, orange, red, green, blue, and purple - generally contain the most phytochemicals and the most nutrients.

 

Quercetin: May be a major reason why the old saying about eating "an apple a day" has been associated with good health. Quercetin, primarily found in apples, onions, and black tea, belongs to a group of plant pigment flavonoids that serve as a building block for other members of the flavonoid family. It combats the destructive "free radical" molecules that play a part in many diseases.

 

Specifically, quercetin may help to:

  • Reduce cancer risk
  • Prevent heart attacks
  • Ward off eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration
  • Control asthma
  • Maintain health when suffering from Crohn's disease
  • Prevent recurrent gout attacks
  • Speed up healing of recurrent heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)

Flavonoids: Flavonoids are defensive phytochemicals found in apples, along with other fruits and vegetables. There are a number of different types of flavonoids with each having a protective health effect. Over 4,000 flavonoids have been documented to have antiviral, antiallergic, antiinflammatory, antitumor and antioxidant activities. The term flavonoids represents all of the following subclasses: Anthocyanins, Flavanols, Flavanones, Flavonols, Flavones, and Isoflavones.

Tannins: Tannins are substances that tan hides and make apples rust when exposed to the effects of the air. True tannins produce both tanning and puckering. The amount of tannin in an apple, especially in the skin, may differ not only from species to species, but also from tree to tree and even from year to year for the same tree. Research suggests tannins may help prevent periodontal or gum disease.

Antioxidants: Chemicals that reduce or prevent oxidation, thus preventing cell and tissue damage from free radicals in the body. Antioxidants are chemical substances that donate an electron to the free radical and convert it to a harmless molecule. Fruits, vegetables and grains are rich sources of antioxidants.

This information was compiled in part from the following websites:
http://www.nutralegacy.com/blog/general-healthcare/interesting-apple-nutrition-facts/#more-3984
http://www.allaboutapples.com/health/index.htm

For additional info on health benefits/latest research: http://www.appleproducts.org/research.html