10 Core Facts about Apples
Apples are a very good fruit for building healthy bodies. A medium-sized apple:
- Is fat-free – may help reduce the risk of some types of cancers
- Is saturated-fat free
- Is sodium-free – may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure
- Contains natural sugars called fructose
- Has only 80 calories – helps you maintain a healthy weight.
- Is cholesterol-free – helps keep your heart healthy and may help protect against cardiovascular disease.
- Contains no artificial colors or flavors
- Is an excellent source of fiber – helps reduce blood cholesterol, and aids digestion.
- Is a convenient, satisfying snack – you can take one with you anywhere.
- Is an easy way to get your recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables daily!
Teachers: After studying the “10 Core Facts about Apples,” write these columns on the chalkboard, and ask students to match each component from the first column with its function listed in the second column.
|1. No fat||A. Maintain a healthy weight|
|2. No sodium||B. Healthy blood pressure|
|3. No cholesterol||C. Keeps cholesterol down|
|4. Fiber||D. Keeps heart healthy|
|5. Only 80 calories||E. Fights cancer|
|(answers: 1 – E, 2 – B, 3 – D, 4 – C, 5 – A)|
Food Guide Pyramid
The Food Guide Pyramid recommends we should eat at least 5 servings of produce each day – 2 servings of fruit, like apples, and 3 servings of vegetables.
What counts as a serving of apple?
- 1 whole medium apple (tennis ball size)
- 1 cup chopped fresh apples
- ½ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup dried apples
- 6 ounces 100% apple juice or cider