So what does apple have for us?
Apples are rich source of fibers especially pectin, a soluble fibre with cholesterol lowering action. It also regulates intestinal motility helping in both constipation and diarrhoea.
Apples are rich source of flavonoids phytochemical, the most abundant in them is quercetin, a powerful anticancer and anti- inflammatory.
Apples also supply lots of the B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, Beta carotenes and potassium.
Apples help in detoxifying the body, protecting against cardiovascular diseases, lowering cholesterol and Blood pressure, stabilizing blood sugar levels and maintaining gastrointestinal and lung health.
They are useful for people with high blood pressure, high serum cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, asthma and disturbed bowel movement.
Apples are delicious and most nutritious when eaten raw with their skin. They form great addition to both fruits and green salads, they can be sliced with other crudités and served with cheese and healthy dips, or cut into cubes with added, raisins, nuts and cinnamon, an amazing antioxidant in its own right.
Still, apples preserve a great deal of their potassium an fiber content when cooked. They make great apples pies and tarts. Their jams do not need jelling agent due to their high content of pectin. They can also be stir fried with onions, carrots and potatoes or added to steaks at the last stage of cooking as a savory side item. Dried apples are healthy kids snacks, but choose the preservative- and- sulfur-free brands.