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10 Health Benefits of Green Apples

Updated on July 28, 2017
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As a student studying science, one of Brandons' majors was Biology. During this time he researched journals on fruits and the human body.

Green Apple Benefits - Is It All Hype?

All sorts of apples have health benefits, but the thing that makes green apples special is that they have a high nutritional density packed with minerals, vitamins, proteins and fiber. They are popular in their fight against digestive problems, blood glucose regulation and the presence of good cholesterol among others.

You may have heard people talking about green apples and their various health benefits. In fact, if you check out the comments received on this article, you'll also notice that many have been advised to include green apples as a major part of their diet. But, is green apple nutrition actually going to help?

Green apples provide a huge range of health and beauty benefits. There are various types of apples - the sweet ones being the most common. Green apples, on the other hand, are more the sweet and sour type (this is popularly classified as cooking apples).

The sweet and sour variety are amazing, as well. Here are some general benefits and perks you can find:

  • They offer a humongous range of health benefits, being used in the wine industry, in cooking, and, commonly they are specially grown for their healthy oils.
  • Green apples possess glossy skin, along with a juicy flesh. They're high in fiber and help keep the digestive tract clean and healthy.

That's not all, of course -- these wondrous fruits offer loads of other benefits. Read on to learn about both the health and beauty benefits of green apples.

Red Apples vs. Green Apples

Both red and green apples are good for your health. But when compared, without a doubt, green apples have a higher nutrient density against red apples. Does this make green apples better than red apples? Maybe if you're buying by weight. On all other levels when comparing a single red apple to a single green apple, researchers at antioxidant nutrition labs have found out that the differences are minimal.

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The Green Apple Nutrition/Benefits Chart

Minerals
Vitamins
Carbohydrates
Protein
Sugar
Calcium
Vitamin A
Fiber
A
Plenty
Copper
Vitamin B - 6
 
Wide
Of
Iron
Vitamin C
 
Variety
Healthy
Magnesium
Vitamin E
 
Of
Sugars
Manganese
Pantothenic Acid
 
Proteins
 
Potassium
Riboflavin
 
 
 
Zinc
Niacin
 
 
 
 
Thiamin
 
 
 

The Various Health Benefits of Green Apples

As mentioned, there are various green apple benefits. Here are just a few prominent health benefits of green apples:

  1. Dietary fiber content [4,5]. The first and most important green apple benefit is its dietary fiber content, which helps in the regulation of the bowel movements and thereby helps in the overall digestive process.
  2. Decreases chance of colon cancer [1,2,5]. Due to the high fiber content, green apples in turn offer another great benefit -- the drastic reduction in the possibility of colon cancer.
  3. No bad cholesterol [4,5]. Green apples have the benefit of giving your stomach a sense of satisfaction, so you don’t tend to overeat with them. Moreover, green apples don't contain any bad cholesterol. Therefore, one can easily reduce their weight and still remain healthy by consuming green apples.
  4. Lower cholesterol [4,5]. As already mentioned, one of the major green apple benefits is the high fiber content. These high levels of fiber can help to reduce cholesterol already present in the body.
  5. Easing digestion [1]. If you’ve consumed something heavy and are worried about whether your stomach can take it, you could just go ahead and have a green apple. Green apples can help ease the digestion, due to the enzymes present in the apple.
  6. Reduction of liver and digestive tract issues [5]. Green apples also reduce liver problems and can help prevent digestive tract problems.
  7. Prevention [1]. Green apples can help prevent diarrhoea as well as constipation and gout. They contain both tartaric as well as Maleic acid, thereby helping to reduce the chances of indigestion.
  8. Antioxidants [4]. Green apples contain both flavonoid and polyphenol -- all forms of antioxidants. Because of this, they can prevent various forms of cancer [1,2,3] and DNA damage.
  9. Appetite control [6]. Green apples secrete organic acids that can help your appetite. So, if you suffer from low appetite due to intestinal peristalsis, you can help this by eating green apples.
  10. Energy [1,2]. Green apples are energy givers. They contain carbohydrates, which are especially good for people playing any form of sport or leading a hectic life.

These benefits as well as the beauty benefits that you'll find below are the ones unique to Green Apples; but, Green apples have various other benefits that all Apples share in common.

Bonus: Beauty Benefits of Green Apples

Green apples aren't just good for one's health, but they're also one of the best fruits when it comes to restoring lost beauty. Of course, restoration of your beauty could be considered a health benefit, as these apples help cleanse your skin and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Therefore, in addition to providing health benefits, they're also natural beauty therapists.

  • If you’re a person focused on your beauty and skin health, then you'll certainly reap the benefits of green apples. Green apples contain vitamins A, B, C, as well as E [1]. Hence, this can help in the whitening of skin -- they also help keep your skin fresh and glowing.
  • Skin diseases can also be controlled by the consumption of green apples. Therefore, if you or anyone in your family suffers from rashes or any other form of skin condition, you could always enlighten them with this green apple benefit.
  • Lastly, here's a list of small, but huge green apple benefits: they help purify blood [1], keep the gums healthy [7] (and therefore even the heart), help in keeping the teeth clean, memory is enhanced [8] (and elderly nervous problems could be reduced), gallstones could be prevented, and the control and cure of rheumatism [9] can occur, as well.

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References

  1. Jeanelle Boyer and Rui Hai Liu, "Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits", reference date: 29-06-2017, DOI: 10.1186/1475-2891-3-5
  2. Bernardina Scafuri, Anna Marbotti, Virginia Carbone, et. al, "A theoretical study on predicted protein targets of apple polyphenols and possible mechanisms of chemoprevention in colorectal cancer", DOI: 10.1038/srep32516
  3. American Institute for Cancer Research, "Foods that help fight cancer"
    Source.
  4. Gianna Ferretti, Imma Turco, Tiziana Bacchetti "Apple as a Source of Dietry Phytonutrients: Bioavailability and Evidence of Protective Effects against Human Cadriovascular Disease", Food and Nutrition Sciences, 2014, 5 1234-1246, Source.
  5. Jeanelle Boyer, Rui Hai Liu, "Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits", Nutrition Journal 2004 3:5, DOI: 10.1186/1475-2891-3-5
  6. Sharon Palmer, RD "Taking Control of Hunger — Lessons on Calming Appetite and Managing Weight", Today’s Dietitian—April 2009 Issue, Vol. 11 No. 4 P. 28, Source.
  7. Sanda Moldovan, D.D.S, "Beneficial Foods for Teeth", Well Being Journal, July/August 2012, Source.
  8. "Apple Health Benefits", U.S. Apple Association, Source.
  9. Natural Arthritis Treatments, Source.

Any feedback or green apple benefits are warmly accepted

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      k.v.reddy 2 months ago

      nutritionally good

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      Brandon Lobo 7 months ago

      Salt does make certain sour fruit taste better and some say it helps against the flu, which I personally do not think is true. But the reasons I like green apples is because of their sourness. I do not add salt to them while I eat. There's no problem in adding salt, though.

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      Brandon Lobo 8 months ago

      That would be really nice to see. However, I refrained from doing that as I personally am not a researcher in this field and that's the reason I only mentioned the benefits based on what I researched during a course in my 12th grade. Moreover, from what I read when I tried to compare red and green apples, was that they are pretty much the same and it depends more on where they are grown, more than the variety of the apple. I guess this is something to do with the nutrients available in the soil? Not sure. But, the fact still remains that they taste great and they are really helpful :)

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      Glenn Stok 8 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Green apples happen to be my favorite. It's good to know that they have all these heath benefits. It would be interesting to see a comparison, of the items you mentioned, between various types of apples.

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      Brandon Lobo 12 months ago

      Hey Richard, thanks for writing in. I've been enjoying my daily share of green apples for the past few days. They are finally in season. Yum! Do you get them all year round? Lucky you. Never given the seeds a whirl, thanks to the minor (really minor) traces of arsenic in Apple seeds hehe.

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      Richard 12 months ago

      Been eating a green apple first thing in the morning for seven years now am 60 yrs. old and been told look 45. Hint chew the seeds up too they are an excellent antioxidant but need to be crushed before digesting.

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      Candy67 13 months ago

      I eat one half in the morning then the other at noon. I am a traveling nurse and dont have time to stop and eat. And a green apple sounds so good.

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      Word 16 months ago from Chicago

      Thanks for sharing. I love green apples. I like their crispiness as well.

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      Victoria Abang 16 months ago

      I love green apples, thanks for enlightening me the more on it huge benefits.

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      ananda 16 months ago

      thanks and i needed to get to the better apple in my diet for liver and gall bladder issues

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      rebecca 16 months ago

      I love green apples... i eat one everyday and they are really helping me in various ways.

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      Sri rao 19 months ago

      Eat green apple always the correct time its protect you from everything...

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      Diana Abrahamson 20 months ago from t Francis Bay

      Love apples. Always eat one at breakfast time. Good start to the day.

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      Yasmeen Najm 20 months ago

      Have it with little pepper n salt..... so good to eat.... wow.... yummmmmy

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      Felix Kazembe 2 years ago

      Whoom I never knew that just a green apple can prevent and protect me from these bad and most fearable diseases.Now that I know Iam going to eat them as much as I eat nshima .I also have to thank the authur of these good nutrition information

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      saloni 2 years ago

      i love green apples.... they are the best..

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      Hitesh 2 years ago

      My experience says, Green Apple are always crispy & feel fresh..In the season, I take one everyday morning.

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      Stacey. 2 years ago

      Green apples & peanut butter is my go to.

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      lystra 2 years ago

      Tks for the info, i have problems with constipation and also found out that my blood sugar is high, so i have started eating green apples from today thanks once again

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      Brandon Lobo 2 years ago

      I don't see why not, but you should consult your doctor.

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      WW 2 years ago

      I love apples. green apples are however not my fvourite coz of the sour taste. but i think now il eat them more often. i am however concerned, are they good if one has gastritis?

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      sachin 2 years ago

      I love green apples three much!!!

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      Brandon Lobo 2 years ago

      Thanks for the compliment Aesta1 :)

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am glad I read your hub. This is a great example of a hub I'll read any day.

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      MrsQ 2 years ago

      Wonderful information....well received. THANKYou

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      Brandon Lobo 2 years ago

      @stephen that's really nice. Are you sure it's just the green apples and nothing else? Interesting :)

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      stephen 2 years ago

      i have been suffering from cold allergies especially in the mornings but i stated eating green apples for the last two months i have noticed the allergies have reduced significantly.

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hey Brandon Lobo,

      I completely agree with everything you have wrote on this great hub and i have voted up, Simply because it's a great hub and has relevant information that people are looking for if they type in health benefits of apples, Please check out my travel hubs and your comments and feedback is appreciated,

      Kind Regards,

      Lee

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      Brandon Hart 2 years ago from The Game

      I never knew that green apples were better for you than red apples.

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      KaShanda Ray 2 years ago from Shelby, NC

      My favorite snack- green apples and almond butter! Nice to know there are health benefits.

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      Raffy 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for posting about the healthy benefit of green apple.

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      online4 2 years ago

      Interesting!!

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      Brandon Lobo 3 years ago

      Hi Shil, thanks for the compliment :) I love both red and green apples

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      Shil1978 3 years ago

      I love green apples as opposed to red apples. I just like it better and knowing it has health benefits is good to know! Nice hub, nicely formatted :)

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      kasturijayanawrah@yahoo.com 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.....I feel better

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      Brandon Lobo 3 years ago

      I've never tried apple with salt. Citrus fruit and even watermelon yes, but never apples. Will give it a try :D Thanks for the recommendation

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      3 years ago

      Please try Green apple with Salt .....Its great feel to taste......

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      sivagami 3 years ago

      tasty green apppplllllleeeeeeeeee

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      Ruby 3 years ago

      This article was quite helpful... I'll make sure to start munching on those juicy green apples from now on.. but I'd like to know the additional fruits you can eat which have more or less equal benefits to those of green apples

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      mohamed jaleel 3 years ago

      I eat every day one apple .Before I do not know what is good for apple .I always find information from the internet for the fruits.Now I understand many things about apples especially green.

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      Kumar 3 years ago

      If you start liking apples, if you had issues about it, there is no other commonly available and easy to eat fruit like apple with so many health benefits. I eat an apple or two before lunch and dinner. This also helps me cut down on the portions apart from the well known health benefits of eating apples. After switching to Green apples I am seeing additional improvements in my digestion

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      Raza 3 years ago

      I saw my brother eating Green apples he is a doctor, then I was searching for the benefits of green apple until I hit your blog lobobrandon,

      thanks for sharing. I am eating one right now

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      Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      This is a great hub about the green apples. I really appreciate the hubs which are made keeping in mind the well-being of health, as they 'Health is Wealth'.

      Cheers.

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      angela mercado 4 years ago

      God bless the green apple ,since I include them in my nutrybullet mix with carrots , celery , kiwi ,strawberrys and blueberry ., my health have change my benefits low blood pressure energy my digestion have inprove.

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      Brandon Lobo 4 years ago

      Oh! that's sad Dellaroth. You can still cut it into fine pieces and much on them I guess? If you love green apples, then it's definitely worth it.

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      dellaroth69@yahoo.com 4 years ago

      I lost my bottom teeth. It is nearly impossible to eat green apples or any other kind. I also have digestion problems because of meds for acid reflux. I really miss my apple a day and I want to get back to it.

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      Kimbo 4 years ago

      I'm 65 and male and I hate the green apple taste, I love the delicious apple taste. Green apples remind me when I was a kid going through an apple orchard trying an unripened apple, they taste the same. So there you are, I can't eat green apples because the flavour is much too strong for me, but that's ok, cos I got the red apple..... Hmmmm nice.

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      Kris 4 years ago

      Love green apples...actually ate them to stop indigestion. But it's good to see my thoughts in print. Thanx

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      keana 4 years ago

      Lol I love green apples I'm eating one right now

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      jorie 4 years ago

      i use to drink green apples juice in the morning,and i do drink red apples before bedtime.i was having hpv.infected its really amazing both juice are working so good its helping my IU/ml less of percent quantitative.

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      apple 4 years ago

      im eating one

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      Brandon Lobo 4 years ago

      Haha Audrey, glad that you now know what you're eating

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      Audrey 4 years ago

      Eating one right now! didn't know it has so many healthy factors :) love it !

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      MUHAMMAD SHAJIR BADEYKKANDY 5 years ago

      GREEN APPLE IS GOOD FOR HELATH, IT GOOD FOR BAD CHOLOSTROL

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      Rosalie Talingting 5 years ago

      So awesome.

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Kat, Thank you for the great recipe. Do you mind if I add it to the article?

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      Kat 5 years ago

      I have been eating green apples every day lately, and they're wonderful! Aside from the mid afternoon boost I get, my husband has been commenting on how beautiful I look. My new favorite apple recipe is chopped green apples with lemon juice, cinnamon and stevia. Yum! Thank you for this article!

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      Cherz 5 years ago

      Im always eating green before I go to bed without knowing the benefit on it I just lovemy eating it,after this article now I find out why I did not gain or become fat even I eat a lot..thankd for more info for what green aople can do in our health.

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Oh thanks skipper will add that to the article too :)

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      skipper 5 years ago

      One more additional (side) benefit of eating them is they will clean will clean your teeth really well. :)

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Glad you found it useful Mahi and Juan let me know whether you love the taste :D Make sure you buy the eating and not cooking green apples though.

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      Juan 5 years ago

      Awesome! Thank you very much for the information; it was very informative and I will now go to the store to buy some green apples

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Your welcome Chonny :) Happy to help

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      Chonny 5 years ago

      You've been very helpful, thank you :)

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      You can't tell from the looks of them (At leas't I can't); It's only experience that would help you choose. I'd suggest you buy from the same mall or fruit stall every time as this way you'd know where they place the cooking and direct eating ones.

      Ask them and they'd let you know or you could try them out once. If they're juicy - they're for eating and if it's not tasty and waxy in texture they're cooking apples. You can eat both forms directly, its only taste that differs.

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      Chonny 5 years ago

      Thank you lobobrandon :) Please tell me...which apples are for direct eating and which apples are for cooking?

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Chonny green apples are tasty but make sure to get the variety that's meant for direct eating and not green apple dishes :) You need to have 3-4 a day! Wow! But, if that's going to keep you healthy - it's a tasty way to do it :)

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      Chonny 5 years ago

      My mother had genetic colon cancer last year & I've recently been cleared of my tests. I was aware however, that I needed to start looking after myself & get healthy. A doctor put me on a healthy organic weight loss program & advised me to eat 3-4 green apples a day. I wasn't really a green apple fan until I hit this website. Wow! The benefits are unbelievable! I'm going to be happy munching on my green apples from now on! Thank you for posting :)

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Thanks Humda, Green apples are tasty if you choose them well. And if they've got benefits along - that's a bonus! Glad you found it interesting :)

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      humda 5 years ago

      I am surely goin to start eating

      green apples NOW!!

      Otherthan dat good job u summed up everything briefly.intersesting hub.

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      Maryanne 5 years ago

      Coincidence or sheer luck...I just purchased my first batch of green apples absent-minded from my local supermarket, just settled down to eat one and thought I may as well read up on the benefits and voila I stumbled upon this hub....it absolutely opened my mind. I have always been comfortable with a fruit a week but have never tried green apples, now I'm buying a batch for everyday thanks to the information :)

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      IRMA 5 years ago

      well red appkes are healthy but not that much as green apples. it is interesting you get to know the benefits

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      That's great to hear Una :) I just eat them as I love them.

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      Una 5 years ago

      Wow! am a living testimony, green apples trimed my tanmy and cleared my skin rashes. I love green apples.

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      Johnson 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info!

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Ronalyn, who doesn't love green apples :)? Thanks for the comment, I hope people are enlightened by this article and enjoy their green apples more than ever!

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      Ronalyn ^__^.. 5 years ago

      Aside from green is my favorite color..I really love green apple too..it plays a vital role on my diet..and I'm so glad that you have that kind of information in order that other people should be aware about the good benefit of green apple..:D

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Farah you do get sweet Green apples as well. And the sour ones are basically used in Salads and various other dishes as you can see in some of the videos above.

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      farah 5 years ago

      wow! Dats gr8..but as we all know that 2 gain something, one has 2 lose something..and dats true in this case cos I can't bear the sour taste of green apple. It takes more than an hour 4 me 2 finish it off..

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Hi Kris, thanks for the comment and the nutrition table is great for people looking for quick facts. Glad that you found it informative. I hope you learnt something new about Green apples today :)

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      A very nice and informative hubs. I like the easy to read nutrition table too!

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Hi alexadry :) Thanks for the comment and I love apples as well :D

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Yummy, feeling like eating a nice crunchy green apple now, thanks for sharing!

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting ktrapp.

      An apple a day also keeps cancer at bay :)

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      The benefits of green apples go on and on and your list is very useful. I love how there's always so much truth to idioms like, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away."

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Hi GoGreenTips I'm sure all fruits have plenty of benefits. But green apple benefits amaze me as they offer health benefits in various forms right from heart problems to cancers as well as weight problems to skin diseases. I'm sure they would be a great addition to the Thanksgiving meals.

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      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Interesting Hub! There are so many benefits to, well any kind of fruit. I think if we, as a culture or society would just eat more fruits, fresh that is we'd be a lot more healthy. Interesting to note about the help for stomachs, maybe next Thanksgiving we should have a few green apples around.