Apples are a powerful source of antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavonoids, and vitamin C, as well as good source of fibre, and potassium. Lucky for us, there are only 47 calories in an average sized apple. The secret behind the super antioxidant capacity of the apple is its skin.
The apple skin alone provides two to six times the antioxidant activity of the apple flesh alone. Therefore it’s important to eat the skin as well so you obtain the full health benefits.
Along with being a tasty, low-calorie source of antioxidants, apples are also high in fibre. One large apple has 5.7 grams of fibre, which is 30 percent of the minimum amount of your daily fibre requirements.
First of all, apples are wonderful for hydration. They are made up of approximately 83% water. The average small apple has only 60 calories. However, larger fruits can have up to 100 calories per piece. An apple is also fat free and has no sodium. Apples have virtually zero protein, but they do consist of a lot of carbohydrates.
In fact, roughly 15 percent of an apple consists of carbohydrates from sugar and fiber. An apple can have 13 to 15 grams of sugar, which may seem like a lot. However, it is important to remember that this is natural, unprocessed sugar that will not cause the same blood sugar elevations as refined white sugar can.
Apples have additional health benefits in that they control how you absorb sugar during your digestion. This has tremendous benefits for diabetics. Also pectin fiber can lower your cholesterol levels. It has the ability to trap cholesterol in its gummy consistency and rout it out of your body.
Eat raw apple in the morning. If you eat only fruits in the morning and not egg, bacon, cereal, or any thing heavy until noon time, you stand a better chance of clearing your constipation and keeping regular.
You can combine apples with other fruits like oranges, peaches, or apricots. But it is best to eat 2-3 apples during the morning.