Learn More About Apples
Enjoy the Peel
Whenever possible, don't peel that apple. Two-thirds of the fiber, and many of the antioxidants, are found in apple's peel.
Nutritional Facts About Apples:
- fat free
- saturated fat free
- sodium free
- cholesterol free
- an excellent source of fiber
What the Nutrition Facts label doesn't tell you:
- Apples are a natural source of health-promoting phytonutrients, including plant-based antioxidants.
- Apples and apple juice are two important foods contributing the mineral boron to the diet, which may promote bone health.
- Apples contain natural fruit sugars, mostly in the form of fructose.
- Because of apples' high fiber content, the fruit's natural sugars are slowly released into the blood stream, helping maintain steady blood sugar levels.
Federally-approved health claims for apples:
- Fiber-containing fruits and cancer: Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing fruits, vegetables and grain products may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors. Apples are an excellent source of fiber.
- Fiber-containing fruits and the risk of coronary heart disease: Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetables and grain products that contain certain types of dietary fiber, particularly soluble fiber, may reduce the risk of heart disease, a disease associated with many factors. Apples are naturally fat-free, saturated fat-free, and cholesterol-free, and are an excellent source of fiber.
- Fat and cancer: Eating a healthful diet low in fat may help reduce the risk of some types of cancers. Development of cancer is associated with many factors, including what you eat. Apples are naturally fat-free.
- Saturated fat and cholesterol and heart disease: While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat may reduce the risk of this disease. Apples are naturally fat-free and cholesterol-free.
- Sodium and hypertension: Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors. Apples are naturally sodium-free.
Handling and Storage Tips
To maximize your apple-eating experience, follow these easy tips for selecting, storing and preparing apples.
- Look for apples that are bruise-free.
- Handle apples gently to prevent bruising.
- Select apples that are firm to the touch for the best flavor and crunchiness.
- Wash individually sold apples in cool water before serving.
- Store apples in the refrigerator to slow ripening and maintain flavor.
- Store apples away from strong-smelling foods to prevent them from absorbing unpleasant odors.
- Coat apple slices and dices in a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water or Vitamin C-fortified 100% apple juice to slow browning.