What’s in your Red Prince apple?
Red Prince apples are an excellent way for adults to achieve the 5-10 daily servings  of fruits and vegetables recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. One Red Prince apple (a 180 gram portion) promotes the following benefits:
- The Red Prince apple’s deep red skin provides superior antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease and the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
- A good source of vitamin C, which is essential for healthy skin and gums, and for improving immune system function.
- A good source of fibre, which promotes regularity and may contribute to weight maintenance. High fibre diets have also been linked to lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and diverticular disease.
- Apples are a rich source of phytochemicals, and studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes.
- The pectin in apples lowers “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. People who eat two apples a day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent. The pectin in apples also helps lower the body’s need for insulin and may help to manage diabetes.
- Apples benefit vascular health. A 2013 study found that offering a daily apple to 70% of the total UK population aged over 50 years (22 million people) would avert 8,500 vascular deaths.
- In a study to determine the estimated GI (Glycemic Index) of various foods, it was concluded that apples have a low GI of 40. A diet that has a low Glycemic Index may help stabilize blood sugar levels and may prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
- Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, recommends a daily intake of 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables. One medium sized apple equals a single serving of fruit.
Apples are a low calorie snack that are also cholesterol free and virtually fat-free. One serving is a good source of fibre and vitamin C.
|Nutrition facts per 1 apple (188g)||1 Red Prince Apple
|% Daily Value
|Total Fat (g)||0.1||–|
|Saturated Fat (g)||0||–|
|Vitamin C (mg)||40%|
Sources: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/choose-choix/fruit/serving-portion-eng.php Hyson, D., A Comprehensive
Review of Apples and Apple Components and Their Relationship to Human Health. Adv Nutr, Sept. 2011, vol. 2: 408-420. www.healthdiaries.com http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217210549.htm#!