Product Highlight

Apple

September 10, 2014

Product Highlight Apple

Nearly everybody has apples laying around most of the time, and since they’re available all year round, we kinda take it for granted, don’t we? Besides the many uses for this delicious type of fruit, (can you imagine life without having a nice piece of apple pie once in a while?!) there is much more to the apple you don’t even consider when taking a big bite into that apple on your way to work. So there you have it, the Apple is our Product Highlight of this week!

  • The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, malus domestica of the rose family, Rosaceae. The tree originated in Central Asia and have grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apple
  • Apples have been present in the mythology and religions of many cultures, including Norse, Greek and Christian traditions. In ancient Greece the apple was considered to be sacred to Aphrodite, and to throw an apple at someone was to symbolically declare one’s love; and similarly, to catch it was to symbolically show one’s acceptance of that love
  • The phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar. Apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in blood sugar
  • Allergic reactions are triggered by a protein in apples that is similar to birch pollen. Reactions generally involve itching and inflammation of the mouth and throat, but in rare cases can also include life-threatening anaphylaxis. This reaction only occurs when the apple is consumed raw, as the allergen is neutralised in the cooking process
  • Red and Golden Delicious are among the sweetest apples. Braeburn and Fuji apples are slightly tart, and Pippin, and Granny Smith apples are the most tart
  • Apples are low in calories; 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, the dietary fiber helps prevent absorption of dietary-LDL or bad cholesterol in the gut
  • Apple fruit contains good quantities of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infections and gets rid of pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body

Tip: Keep apples in the fridge as they ripen 6 to 10 x faster at room temperature than when refrigerated

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