Let’s see what are all the properties and benefits of apples, such as any contraindications and how to use them.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, never said it was more true! In fact, apples are fruits with a thousand beneficial properties, which make them the best allies of our health.
Let’s see how many and which are the different varieties of apples, what benefits they have, which are possible contraindications and how to use them, in the kitchen and in cosmetics.
There are many varieties of apples, red, yellow and green. The most common red apples in our country are: fuji, with reddish skin with green and yellow streaks; the royal gala, with a very thin red skin, with yellow stripes; the annurche, typical of Campania, small, with red wine peel, very juicy and fragrant. The most famous yellow apple is undoubtedly the golden delicious, very sweet and juicy, while the most widespread green apple is the granny smith, with a fresh and slightly sour taste. Finally, typical of South Tyrol is the renetta apple, with a slightly flattened shape, with a yellowish peel with dark spots.
Apple: properties and contraindications
Apples have a high content of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, C, folate) and mineral salts (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium). They also contain antioxidants, such as quercetin, catechin and chlorogenic acid. The skin of the apple, then, contains malic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory. Thanks to the high fiber content, the apple helps to lose weight and to fight intestinal disorders. Thanks to antioxidants, this fruit helps to control blood sugar and to prevent cancer, especially breast, colon and lungs. Regular consumption of apples leads to a reduction in blood cholesterol levels. The properties of the apple on the skin are also very well known: apply a mask made of apple pulp and honey to the face, making it more pure and lightening dark spots. Apples have no special contraindications. Obviously, like all foods, they can cause allergies in predisposed individuals. In addition, they contain fructose, a sugar that can give problems in intolerant people.
How to use apples
The apple can be consumed in a thousand ways. You can eat it as a snack mid-morning or mid-afternoon, preferably with all the peel (in this thing, choose organic), or use it to prepare tasty recipes. The sweet tooth will love apple strudel, a typical Austrian dessert, but also the classic apple pie, apple pie and tart. Very easy to prepare is the cooked apple: it is enough to deprive it of the core and bake it in the oven at 200 degrees for 40 minutes. The apple can also be used in jams and smoothies to give flavor and thicken. If you like sweet and sour food, you should definitely try adding a few slices of apple to a mixed salad, or risotto. Finally, you can use the apple as a beauty remedy, preparing the mask of which we have spoken more about it. Grate the pulp of an apple, add a teaspoon of honey, mix well and apply it on the face, leaving it in place for about half an hour.