One bite into a delicious, crunchy apple and you can taste the goodness!  Apples are one of South Africa’s favourite fruits and besides being super tasty, they are incredibly rich in nutrients that are vital for good health and disease prevention. A truly good choice to pack in the lunch box absolutely every day.

Apples are high in dietary fibre and excellent for good digestive health. Besides helping with weight control, fibre intake helps reduce the risk of conditions like diabetes.  Because they have a low glycemic index, apples release sugar into the bloodstream gradually, providing longer lasting energy. They are also low in calories and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol!

Apples contain potassium which helps control blood pressure, and therefore a good choice for cardiovascular health. They also contain calcium which promote healthy bones and teeth, iron to help transport oxygen in the body and zinc which is good for a proper functioning immune system and digestion system as well as wound healing.  Apples are also a good source of the mineral boron, which is good for healthy bones.

They contain good amounts of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which helps scavenge harmful free radicals in the body. Vitamin C also boosts the immune system and helps the body develop resistance against infections.

Apples are a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine which are vital for the release of energy from food.

The pectin in apples is a prebiotic, providing food for friendly gut bacteria.

So, “an apple a day..” is really good advice!