Calories in Apples - Nutritional Content
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
An Apple a Day Keeps the Sawbones Away
How many times have we heard this ancient saying in our lifetime? Well, rather than 'sawbones' the term usually involves a good doctor.
So is the saying true? If we enjoy the fruit that has been associated with causing all that ruckus in that famous garden of old, will we indeed hold the promise to good health?
Frankly - it holds impressive nutritional values. All varieties are naturally rich in dietary fiber, natural sugars, potassium, beta carotene and luetin + zeaxanthin. They are also naturally low in calories and fat.
Apples can assist in lowering blood pressure levels that are too excessive in some individuals.
They can assist in reducing those high serum blood cholesterol readings when chosen over fatty desserts holding unhealthy amounts of lipids.
These lipids include the following common and fairly well-known fatty acids: Saturated, Monounsaturated, Polyunsaturated, Trans and cholesterol - among others that aren't so commonly recognized.
Due to their dietary fiber content, they work in the gut to sweep away potentially harmful toxins which can attack the cells within the body, thus reducing our risks for certain types of cancer as well as other diseases.
Health Benefits for the Ageing Individual
And the more aged the body becomes, the more vital it becomes to include natural foods such as apples which can assist in keeping our system as pure as possible - as well as give assistance in bolstering our immunity and resistance to certain illnesses that are more common and prevalent as we grow older.
The Nutritional Notes
If we gaze deeper into our data chart below to examine the nutrition facts for apples, we see that one cup contains about 65 calories. Even a big boy jumbo apple contains only 116 kcals.
Note the minimal amount of dietary fat contained within a serving size - and the impressive 36 mcg for one cup of quartered apple.
And oh my - the fiber gram content is also quite impressive at 3 grams. We'll also be getting some benefits in the area of copper, carbohydrates for energy, calcium, magnesium, protein - and just eyeball that potassium content at 134 mg's per quartered cup.
No wonder Eve had difficulty resisting that apple. Then again, some say it was the healthy pomegranate that got her attention - but that's another story.
Nutrition Facts, Calories in Apples
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