Apple is one fruit that is cultivated and consumed worldwide. The sweet fruit is one of those that can be fashioned into a number of desserts. From pies to tarts and to pastries, apple desserts have always enjoyed a huge demand among those with an intense sweet tooth. However, apples are very well endowed nutritionally as well. Hence, goes the incredibly popular adage, 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'. There are numerous varieties of apples and it's one those fruits that you are likely to find in most fruit marts or grocery stores across the world. In India, the most common and widely available variant of apple is the red apple that is extremely sweet in taste, with less acidity. You can also include apples in your salad bowls to add an extra sweetness and nutrition to your meal.
Apple Nutrition Facts And Benefits
Apple is a low-calorie fruit- a 100 gram portion contains 52 calories, as per data by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is fat-free and a 100 gram portion contains 2.4 grams of fibre and 10 grams of sugar. The fruit is also said to have several incredible benefits. Let's take a look at some of these:
1. Apples are said to aide weight loss as they are rich in fibre and water, both of which make the fruit filling. Apple may curb hunger pangs as they are satiating.
2. The presence of soluble fibre in apples may help fight blood cholesterol levels, reducing risk of heart diseases.
3. Apples are also rich in polyphenols which have antioxidant abilities and hence, may fight inflammation.
4. Apples are also said to reduce risk of type-2 diabetes.
Apple Salad Recipes
Apples and pine nuts (chilgoza) go well together in this summer recipe that is sure to satisfy your taste buds, while also delivering a punch of nutrition for your healthy diet. It also has chopped onions, cherry tomatoes, baby fennel and rocket leaves.
Guava is another delicious and nutritious fruit that you may add to your gamut of must-have fruits. It is extremely rich in Vitamin C and this combination of guava, apple, cottage cheese, alfalfa sprouts and cucumbers is a unique and tasty one that you will want to go back to, again and again.
The classic waldorf salad is one that you must try, if you are a fan of the sweet and crunchy apples. With apples tossed in sugar and lemon juice and paired with nuts and celery and then finally folded in a creamy mayonnaise dressing, waldorf salad is a winner for any occasion.
Salads are easy to prepare and nutritious and can be quite filling as well, if prepared by combining fibre-rich fruits, dried fruits and vegetables. Which of these apple salad recipes are you trying out? Let us know in the comments section below!
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