Food and Health
"An apple a day will keep the doctor away"- is a well-known phrase. While it will certainly take more than a daily apple to keep you healthy, it is a step in the right direction. Apples are delicious, easy to carry for snacking, low in calories, a natural mouth freshener, and they are still very inexpensive.
The apple is a highly nutritious food. A fresh apple is the idle, healthy snack- juicy and refreshing. It contains minerals and vitamins in abundance. The food value of the apple is mainly constituted by its contents of sugar, which ranges from 10 to 50 per cent.
Of this, fruit sugar constitutes 60 per cent and glucose 25 pet cent and cane sugar only 15 per cent. Raw apples generally contain a small quantity of starch, which gets wholly converted into sugar during the process of ripening. The acid content of the apple is also increased together with tire sugar. The acid is constituted mostly by malic acid, which is completely utilized by the body.
Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incident of heart disease. The insoluble fiber in apples provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system.

Eat apples with their skin. Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fiber content.
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