Do you know that apples keep the doctor away? It is because of their rich nutrients. Here is a hilarious image of such apples that keep the doctors away.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is an old Welsh proverb that most of us are familiar with, but what makes this fruit so special? What health benefits are associated with eating this fruit?
Apple is ranked first in Medical News Today’s featured article about the top 10 healthy foods. It is extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apple may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
Apples, with skin (edible parts) nutritional value per 100 grams
|Energy – 52 kcal
||Carbohydrates – 13.81 g
|Fat – 0.17 g
||Protein – 0.26 g
|Water – 85.56 g
||Sodium – 1 mg
|Beta-carotene – 27 μg
||Lutein and zeaxanthin – 29 μg
|Thiamin (vitamin B1) – 0.017 mg
||Vitamin A equiv – 3 μg
|Riboflavin (vitamin B2) – 0.026 mg
||Niacin (vitamin B3) – 0.091 mg
|Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) – 0.061 mg
||Vitamin B6 – 0.041 mg
|Folate (vitamin B9) – 3 μg
||Vitamin C – 4.6 mg
|Vitamin E – 0.18 mg
||Vitamin K – 2.2 μg
|Calcium – 6 mg
||Iron – 0.12 mg
|Magnesium – 5 mg
||Manganese – 0.035 mg
|Phosphorus – 11 mg
||Potassium – 107 mg
Note: the average size of an apple is 150 grams
Three frequently asked questions about apples
Should I eat the apple peel?
Most of the fiber and antioxidants are in the peel, says Dianne Hyson, Ph.D., R.D, a research dietitian at UC Davis in the Department of Internal Medicine.
What about pesticides on the peel?
Dr. Hyson says “Despite public misperceptions, laboratories have consistently found very low levels of pesticide residues on the skin of apples”.
I have type 2 diabetes, can I eat apples?
According to the American Diabetes Association, “Apples are a nutritious food and you can still eat them even if you have diabetes”. The Association reminds people to eat the peel and advises on buying small apples (2.5 inches in diameter).
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