It’s no coincidence that apples are the symbol of good health – they’ve earned that reputation.
One medium apple, about the size of a baseball, delivers all this:
- One-fifth of the dietary fiber you should be eating each day for cardiovascular and digestive health. That’s more than a bowl of bran cereal – and better tasting, too.
- None of the bad stuff you don’t want – no fat, no saturated fat, no trans fat, no sodium and no cholesterol. Apples are guilt-free!
- Small amounts of vitamin C, the best-known antioxidant vitamin.
- Small amounts of potassium, an electrolyte that’s key for heart health.
- All that, and only 80 calories.
What’s not on the Nutrition Facts label:
- Apples contain only the natural fruit sugar, fructose. No added sugars!
- The fiber in apples slows the release of carbohydrates into the bloodstream, providing the energy you need over time without blood sugar spikes.
- Apples are a top food source of soluble fiber, which promotes cardiovascular and digestive health, and protects against cancer.
- The pectin in apples is a prebiotic, providing food for friendly gut bacteria.
- The phytochemicals in apples provide as much antioxidant health-protected capacity as a megadose of vitamin C.
- Apples are a top food source of the mineral boron, for bone health.
To learn what these nutrients mean for your health, visit our Health and Weight Benefits section.