Health Benefits of Apples
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 of fiber.
  • Apples are loaded with pectin, a soluble fiber that aids digestion and may help reduce cancer and heart disease.
  • 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:

  1. If you can, buy organic (pesticide free) apples if you want your children to eat the peel.
  2. 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.

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Nutrition News

September 2009

From your nutritionist, Ann