There are 69 million tonnes of apples grown worldwide, and over 7,500 varieties, making it the third most popular fruit in the world after tomatoes and bananas.
Apples are a great sweet snack food. Low in calories and high in fibre, they digest slowly, release energy gradually and keep you fuller for longer. They are packed with pectin, a soluble fibre that binds with fats in the intestine,helping to lower artery- damaging LDL blood cholesterol levels. Pectin has been shown to reduce intestinal disorders, IBS and heammoroids.
Apple skin contains phytonutrients, chemicals that help protect plants from germs, fungi and bugs. These have a healthy antioxidant effect on the human body, protecting us from cancers and immune diseases. One powerful antioxidant found in apples is quercetin, which protects brain cells from degeneration. It also allows oxygen to reach the lungs more easily, increasing aerobic endurance and helping with respiratory problems such as asthma.