What is apple’s nutritional value? There are many ways to answer this question. But before we get started, let’s define what we mean when we say that an apple is a healthy fruit. An apple is an ordinary, edible fruit made by an apple tree from the fruit, apples (singular apple) gathered during the year. Apple trees are the largest and most widely grown fruit-bearing trees in the genus Malus, which are native to Central Asia and Africa.
Let us get started on the list of apples’ nutritional value. The apple contains vitamins A, C, and potassium, as well as significant quantities of fiber, protein, calories, and lipids. It is also rich in vitamins B, D, and E and has several phytochemicals, including potassium, sugar, and folic acid. Apple has fiber, too, of which two-thirds is dietary fiber. Let’s not forget about all those antioxidants! This superfood is packed with them.
Apple Nutritional Value
In addition to the above-mentioned nutrients, an apple has virtually every other food group, and there are more than 100 of them! Apples have at least three times the amount of vitamin C of oranges and half the vitamin A of carrots; they contain ten times the fiber, protein, and lipids of bananas; and have almost twice the potassium of oranges and six times the calcium. If you count all the nutrients, apples have almost twice the level of potassium, protein, iron, and sodium found in bananas, oranges, pretzels, bread, and rice. That’s quite the punch, don’t you think?
Another fact that should convince you to eat apples is that they contain nearly twice the amount of carbohydrates (nine grams per serving) as does a medium apple. But wait–not only do apples have carbs, but they also have fiber as well, so you are getting two grams of carbs for every serving of fruit! Now that’s helpful. An apple is a healthy apple. And not just any apple, mind you–here’s one to make you green with envy: the Granny Smith.
Applebee’s nutritional information is not always forthcoming, but their website lists all of their products and the nutrition facts for each one. The only thing missing is the exact amount of calories in the product. Fortunately, I was able to locate this information online, too, thanks to my wonderful research skills. According to the nutrition facts Applebees provides, the Granny Smith is reduced in calories by less than half compared to a similar size stand-up apple.
Applebee nutritional facts also list trans fats, which should raise some red flags for people concerned about their intake. According to the sentence on the Applebees website, the trans-fats “are made from soybean oil, which may be partially hydrogenated. They provide no complete amino acids, protein or other vitamins and minerals.” Sounds good, doesn’t it?
But Let There Be No Mistake:
This is definitely not a healthy product. Trans fats are not good for you, and when consumed in excess, they can lead to clogged arteries, high cholesterol, and even diabetes. Again, the sentence on the Applebees website clearly indicates that this is not a nutritional item but merely a snack item. And since snacks are not good for you, they are definitely not something you should eat too often. In fact, this snack item should be relegated to those times when you want to have an apple but cannot because you don’t have time to bake a wholesome apple dessert.
To conclude, the facts on the Applebees website clearly indicate that they provide very little value in terms of calories or nutritional content. Their main focus is on their “healthy” snack items. The reality is that there are far better snack choices. And if you want to get your daily dose of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber, you might want to consider a different company’s offerings. The bottom line is that if you want healthy, nutritious foods, take your business elsewhere. But if you want a healthy snack, give the Applebees a miss – at least while you’re at it!