It's no coincidence that apples are the symbol of good
health. We have all heard that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away!" Take a
look at the nutritional benefits of a medium apple.
- Apples are absolutely fat-free!
- One apple provides as much dietary fiber as a
bowl of bran cereal. That's equal to one fifth of the recommended daily intake
- Apples are loaded with
pectin, a soluble fiber that aids digestion and may help reduce cancer and
- The complex carbohydrates
in apples give your body a longer, ore even energy boost compared to high-sugar
snacks. Snacking on apples can keep you
going throughout the day.
- Apples provide boron, an
essential trace element that helps harden bones. Strong bones help prevent osteoporosis.
Peel on or Peel Off?
Apples are a great source of
fiber and important antioxidants. But guess what—most of the important
nutrition benefit of apples is in the PEEL. Unfortunately, apples are
one of the fruits that gets sprayed with pesticides the most. Some fruit up to
eight times while it is growing!! What should you do to keep your young child
safe? Here is what most “experts” say:
- If you can, buy organic (pesticide free) apples if you want your children to
eat the peel.
- If you are not able to
buy organically grown apples, remove the peel for your young child. Washing the
apple doesn’t seem to remove all the pesticides. Because of their small ,
children are affected more easily than we are as adults by pesticides applied
to the food.
But watch out for choking!
Children are typically close to the age of two before they
can chew apple peel.