Keeping The Doctor Away: Just How Nutritious Are Apples?

We all know the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what is the real truth behind the saying? While few would argue that apples are unhealthy, the specifics behind the nutrition aren’t widely known. Check out the details below and get cooking!

  • All apples have different tastes and textures, so it’s only fair to assume that nutrition follows suit. While the general nutritional content stays roughly the same, granny smith apples have the highest concentration of the antioxidant phenol and opal apples have cholesterol reducing pectins. That being said, golden delicious apples are considered to have the best overall nutritional profile. 
    • Pro Tip: See which varieties are the apples of our eyes here.
  • Apples are a great everyday fruit because they have a dependable nutritional profile. Expect most varieties to be high-fiber and low-calorie. In fact, a single apple has more than 15% of your recommend daily dose of fiber.
  • While apples aren’t great sources of vitamins and minerals, they make up for it with a phenomenal antioxidant count. Catechin and chlorogenic acid are two of the biggest heavy hitters, and are known to improve brain function and lower blood sugar respectively.
  • Interestingly enough, apples have a fairly low glycemic index despite their sweetness, making them a great fruit for chefs cooking with blood sugar in mind. Learn more about cooking along the glycemic index here.