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An Apple A day...



Whether you choose to sink your teeth into a Granny Smith, a Fuji or a Gala, apple nutrition can’t be denied.

Apples are just good for you!

Apples supply natural sugar which gives you a quick burst of energy and, like most fruit, are low in calories.

The average calorie value of an apple is somewhere between 70 and 80 calories with approximately 20 grams of carbohydrate. Apples are rated low on the glycemic index which means they supply a steady stream of sugar to the blood rather than a sudden spike and so do not turn to fat easily. Other apple nutrition facts indicate that apples are a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamins A and C. They also contain small amounts of iron, calcium and phosphorus.

As with all fruits and vegetables, vitamins are concentrated in the skin, so you will get more nutrition from the apple if you eat it skin and all, but even if you don’t like the skin, the apple is still packed with nutrition, so eat it anyway with or without the skin.

Apples keep without refrigeration, don’t require knives and forks to eat and don’t need condiments such as salt and pepper or salad dressing to make them taste good. You can eat them right out of the orchard or you can add them as an ingredient to salads, fruit salads and salsas. Apples add nutrition to just about any meal. Try fried apple rings dusted with cinnamon as an accompaniment to pork chops or apple and onion sautée with grilled pepper steak.

Apple nutrition is too good to miss. Apples are a staple in diets across the world. We have known this for centuries even before people studied nutrition, but we have scientific evidence now to back up our intuitive knowledge of the goodness of apples. So make sure you cash in on this nutritious and versatile fruit. There are so many ways to serve this fruit, you are bound to find a way to make it work in your family’s eating habits.

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