LK The nutritional load present in an apple makes it an Initial SUPERFOOD of NATURE.
We all know the old proverb that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but we still don't know the reason that why this fruit is so special? What health benefits are associated with apples?
Apple is one of the most consumed and processed fruits in the world. The presence of major antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fibers in an apple makes it the most nutritious food in the world.
Cultivation of apple: Apples are grown in a medium-sized tree that belongs to the Rosaceae family. According to ancient history, Apple was originated from the mountains of Kazakhstan. Today it is being cultivated across the world.
In many cultures, such as Greek or Christian tradition in Europe, there are religious values and mythological importance associated with an apple. This wonder of nature is packed with rich phytonutrients which are important for adequate wellness. Antioxidants filled in apple provides various disease prevention properties, and hence it totally justifies the proverb an apple a day keeps the doctor away..
Nutrition Facts: Let's take a brief look on an apple's nutritional values.
You get 52 calories in a 100 gram-raw apple with the skin and much of the nutrition in an apple comes from the carbohydrates. It has 86% water,0.3 grams of protein, 13.8 grams of carbohydrate and 2.4 grams of fiber.
Apples are the main source of simple sugars like fructose, sucrose, and glucose. Although the apple contains high carbohydrate and sugar, the glycemic index is very low (the glycemic index is a value that depicts the impact of food on the amount of sugar, a high value is associated with various health risks, while low values are associated with specific health benefits).
In an apple, the glycemic index ranges from 29 to 44.
Apples are a very fiber-rich fruits. A medium-sized apple contains approximately 4 grams of fiber that is the recommended daily intake of fiber. An apple contains both insoluble and soluble fibers. Soluble fiber has been linked with various health benefits while insoluble fiber assists in peristalsis movement.
Apples do have a small amount of vitamins and minerals in it. Apples are a good source of vitamin C (a natural fruit antioxidant). They produce a high amount of mineral potassium; which keeps your heart healthy. Apples are high in the diverse antioxidant content. These antioxidants have multiple health benefits.