Apples are sweet and portable, so they make great on-the-go snacks 1. The crisp, pulpy meat of the apple delivers nutrients for a relatively low number of calories, making the apple an excellent energy source and great diet food.
Fats and Calories
One medium apple provides about 95 calories, depending on the particular type of apple. It has no cholesterol and 0.1 g of fat, providing a mere 0.1 percent of your daily limit of fat.
Unlike chips, candy or other junk foods, apples package their sweetness with 4.4 g of fiber. This fiber causes the sugar in apple, which is mostly fructose, to be released slowly into the bloodstream, stabilizing blood sugar and sating hunger. Apple also provides 0.5 g of protein, about 11 mg of calcium and 195 mg of potassium.
Apples contain pectin, a substance that binds with water and reduces the amount of fat your cells absorb. The pectin in apples also makes you feel full and can help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition that causes thickening of the waist. Eat an apple shortly before dinner to dull your appetite and help prevent absorption of the fat you are about to eat.
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