There are many fruits in the world. Some are sweet, some are bitter. Overall fruits are good and very nutritious. They help to keep our bodies in top shape and good form through the many beneficial nutrients they offer. But one fruit will always stand out and that is the apple. They are yummy, crunchy, juicy and very delicious.
Apples are rated among the most popular fruits and are many people’s favorite, especially among fitness enthusiasts. This fruit contains a large dose of beneficial nutrients, making it an indispensable fruit to keep you in top shape. In addition, it is also rich in antioxidants which aid in protecting and ridding the body off all those toxins.
There are many apple varieties grown around the world. You will be surprised to know that there are slightly over 7,500 apple varieties. They come in all manner of colors (yellow, red, and green), shapes and sizes.
The outer covering of the apple fruit is thin and sturdy, with the inner flesh being a little bit thick, but very juicy with a crunchy feel. Inside it, there also exist some seeds, which are hard and non-digestible. The skin and the flesh are where the nutrients are. They are a very rich source of anthocynanins and tannin compounds, which gives it the various colors you see.
A Brief History of Apples
The apple fruit is one of the oldest fruit varieties still in existence until today. Ancient studies have revealed that humans have grown and continue to grow and enjoy apples since as early as 6500 B.C. They topped the list of favorite fruits during the reign of the Romans and the ancient Greek people.
Traditionally, the apple has been seen as a fruit that is encapsulated with a good luck charm. It is because of this that people traditionally called it the magic apple, as it was believed to make people look much younger.
There are a number of apple varieties that one can choose from depending on taste, color and shape preference. They include Ananasrenette, Arkansas Black, Bonza, Braeburn apple, Bramley, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Goldrenette, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Jonathan, Lobo, McIntosh, Pacific Rose, Cripps Pink, Red Delicious and Yellow Transparent.
Nutritional Value of Apples
The list containing all the benefits that the apple fruit has to offer is long enough. It has an arsenal of minerals, vitamins, organic elements and important nutrients. They include vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6 and riboflav,in all of which are essential for cell metabolism, body defense mechanism and other synthetic body functions.
The minerals contained within apples are potassium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Apples also offer a good package of dietary fiber (soluble and non-soluble). A munch of a single apple is enough to give you all the fiber your body requires for a day.
The nutritional value list would not be complete without highlighting the good organic compounds contained in apples. They are heavily laced with flavonoids and phytonutrients such as phloridizin, epicatechin and polyphenolic-related compounds.