Studies show that the old adage of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has some merit to it. Apples, as well as cider and juice made from them are filled with vitamins, minerals, soluble fiber, nonsoluble fiber and antioxidants. If however, you have been only drinking the juice or eating peeled apples, you are missing important health benefits, because the true power of apples is within the apple peel.
According to the University of IL, Vitamin A and more than half the vitamin C of an apple is contained in the peel. Eating the peel of an apple is also a good way to increase mineral intake. Apple peels contain important minerals, such folate, iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium.
Potassium promotes proper function of cells, digestion, and the heart. Phosphorus and calcium are important for strong bones and teeth. Iron is necessary for producing healthy red blood cells, and regulating cell growth. An apple peel also contains 2/3rd’s of an apple’s fiber.
According to Science Daily, if an apple a day were given to adults over age 50 in the UK, it would prevent 8,500 deaths from heart related issues such as stroke and heart attack. An apple a day can be just as effective statin drugs, for lowering cholesterol. Apple peels are also believed to prevent cancer.
One key to the power in an apple peel is usorbic acid, which regulates blood sugar and cholesterol, plus helps aging bones and muscles stay strong. Peeled apples, juice and cider are all good sources of vitamins and minerals, but if you truly desire the full benefit of eating a daily apple, wash it and eat it with the peel.
A whole unpeeled apple has only about 57 calories. Replacing unhealthy snacks with apples will decrease total calorie intake and help with weight loss. As beneficial as whole apples are, there is a small percentage of the population who may be allergic to apple peels.