OK, we’re talking about apples here and maybe an apple isn’t cute or sexy, but it can add to your overall fitness and health. Remember that old saying, an apple a day keeps the doc away? That’s a good thing for all of us Girl Talkers and it’s oh so true.
I love apples and try to keep them on hand in the house, car and office. I don’t eat as many as I would like, but I do seem to crunch one down at least once a week to get the goodness that it bears. Our local farmers’ market has all types of apples; Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious, Pink Lady, Macintosh and the Cortland to name a few. They’re all displayed beautifully. It reminds me of the lipstick counter—so many different shades of red to pick from. I’m thinking Coco Chanel would go bananas, I mean apples, if she were alive today. Part of what makes an apple the ultimate healthy snack is the ease with which you can wolf one down. The only thing between you and digging in is basically a careful wash. But a picky eater has certainly been known to require a little fuss before that first bite. Namely, removing their fabulous coats (peels). I’m not saying you’re wrong to remove the peel, but whatever the excuse, leave it there. Some people don’t like the texture or the taste of the peel, some don’t digest it as well as the meat of the apple, but whatever your reason, you’re simply not getting all an apple has to offer by peeling it first. Here are four fabulous and very powerful reasons to never remove those coats again.
The Peel Packs Most of the Fiber
A medium apple with the peel contains 4.4 grams of fiber. Without the skin, you’re only getting 2.1 grams of fiber; not even enough to qualify as a “good source of fiber” (the cutoff is 3 grams). So next time, give the apple a try with her beautiful coat left on. You will wear it well.
The Peel also Packs Most of the Vitamins
That same medium apple with the peel packs 8.4 milligrams of vitamin C and 98 international units (IU) of vitamin A. Ditch the skin and that falls to 6.4 milligrams of vitamin C and 61 IU of vitamin A. So crunch down that apple and see why those vitamins never tasted so good.
The Peel May also Keep Cancer at Bay
A 2007 study from Cornell University pinpointed a handful of compounds called triterpenoids in the skin of apples “that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures”. In particular, these compounds targeted human liver, colon and breast cancer cells, according to the study’s author. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s worth eating all the goodness the apple possesses to help keep us healthy and possibly fighting off terrible diseases like cancer. So next time at the market, maybe grab an extra Sexy Pink for the road.
A Peel-On Apple a Day Keeps Spare Pounds Away
The apple peel is home to ursolic acid, an important compound in the fight against obesity. Ursolic acid seems to increase muscle and increase calorie burn, thereby lowering obesity risk (at least in mice), according to a 2012 study. So for an on the go snack, keep apples in the car for that “fill the hunger” growls. It’s better for you my little style setter than stopping at a fast food joint and filing up with empty or nasty calories.
So there you have it plain, simple and convenient. The “to go to” snack with no frills but all the goodness that we as yummy girlfriends need. Crunch Away!
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