We serve only Red Delicious apples, the healthiest apple on the planet, because it's loaded with vitamins and nutrients that help the body many ways.
All apples contain antioxidants, which help your body fight infections and diseases. Not only do antioxidants prevent infections, but they also help protect the blood vessels to the heart so it can stay strong and healthy.
There are more than 7,000 different types of apples grown throughout the world, each supplying a sufficient amount of antioxidants and nutrients to help adults' and children's bodies stay healthy.
When it comes to choosing an apple high in antioxidants, the Red Delicious Apple trumps all. Researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food in Canada found that among eight of the most popular apples, Red Delicious apples had twice as many antioxidants than Empire Apples, the last ranking of the eight apples.
Red Delicious apples also rank high because they are naturally very low in sodium, only containing 1 milligram. Dietary fiber also contributes to their significant nutritional value. They contain 3.4 grams of fiber.
Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. The skin of an apple is composed of insoluble fiber, while the inside of an apple has soluble fiber. Fiber is an important component of a healthy diet because it aids in digestion, and helps to prevent conditions such as constipation, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and diverticulitis. Soluble fiber mixes with water to form a gel-like substance in the stomach. This slows digestion, delaying gastric emptying, resulting in feeling fuller longer. Insoluble fiber does not get broken down by the body, so it acts like a laxative. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the diet and allows food and waste products to be removed from the body at a faster rate.
Apples are fat and cholesterol free, making them the perfect healthy snack for people of all ages. The typical medium sized Red Delicious contains only 90 calories.
Here's how the other seven apples included in the study ranked:
1. Red Delicious
2. Northern Spy
4. Ida Red
5. Golden Delicious
To receive the full amount of antioxidants for each serving of an apple, eat the peel.
The compound Polyphenols, which is a natural chemical that fights diseases, is a main component in an apple's antioxidants. The peel of an apple contains 60 percent of the antioxidant fighting activity, and the actual flesh of the apple only contains 40 percent.
The average apple contains 195 milligrams of potassium, which is a great start to the required 4,700 milligrams that should be a person's daily intake. Potassium, important for brain activity, helps maintain balance and helps muscles contract.
Vitamins are essential to the body, interacting with cell enzymes to regulate crucial body functions. The nine vitamins found in apples help the metabolism process and build and maintain, bones, teeth, skin, blood and other vital tissues of the body.
These nine vitamins are:
--Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
--Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
--Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
--Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
--Vitamin B9 (Folate)
Vitamin C, the most potent vitamin in the apple, helps protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Just one apple contains a quarter of the amount of Vitamin C a person should be taking in daily. The peel of an apple contains 60 percent of the antioxidant fighting activity, and the actual flesh of the apple only contains 40 percent.
The fact that apples contain a high amount of sugar concerns some people. The sugar in an apple provides more energy for the body than sugar in candy. The sugar in apples is better for the body because apples contain complex carbohydrates, such as starch and cellulose, which do not cause a dramatic spike in blood sugar.
All apples contain a similar amount of dietary fiber, antioxidants, zinc, iron and potassium. Children love all types of apples, but 5 of the apples rank to be the favorites:
1. Red Delicious
2. Golden Delicious
5. Granny Smith
Apples are an easy swap for a sweet treat. Since apples do contain sugar, they are still desirable for children, because they do not taste like a healthy fruit. The Gala and Fuji apple are two of the sweetest apples, making for great starters.
Once a child starts eating sweeter apples, they are more prone to trying the other varieties of apples. Starting children off with a tastier, sweet apple will prevent them from cognitively seeing themselves as apple eaters.
A child's diet is important from the very start. Teaching children to choose an apple over candy will help them developmentally in their physical and cognitive abilities.
But if you want the maximum benefit, choose Red Delicious.
Also see our videos on Healthy Snack Ideas for Vitamin C at http://youtu.be/TBM06R1O58I