Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/26/2014 -- Apples are a convenient, healthy go-to snack for those on the go and looking to pick up some energy. One of the greatest things about the apple is there’s not a lot of prep work involved. In fact, it’s better if it’s eaten in whole form rather than removing the skin, and here are several reasons why.
It’s constantly reported that American diets are notoriously lacking in fiber. One of the tastiest ways to get this essential dietary ingredient is from the skin of an apple. A medium apple with skin has approximately 4.4 grams of fiber, but without the skin that amount drops to 2.1 grams – which is not even enough to qualify as a “good source” of fiber.
In addition to fiber, the skin of an apple is the source of most of the nutrients. 8.4 milligrams of vitamin C and 98 IU’s of vitamin A. By peeling the skin off an apple, we lose 2 milligrams of vitamin C and 37 IU’s of vitamin A.
Apples also contain several ingredients that can aid in breathing and even reduce cancer risk. Quercetin is a compound found in the skin of an apple, and one study found that those who eat five or more apples each week have better overall lung function thanks to the effects of this compound. Triterpenoids are another compound found in apple skin and these have been shown to inhibit or kill cancer cells when studied in laboratory cultures. These compounds target cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast according to authors of the laboratory research study.
In addition to providing fiber and other nutrients, the skin on an apple can help a person feel fuller and also contains the obesity-fighting compound ursolic acid. This acid seems to increase muscle which can increase overall calorie burn, thereby reducing obesity when consumed regularly.
An apple a day truly can keep the doctor, as well as a variety of health conditions, away.
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