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10 Health Benefits Of Green Apples

Updated on June 29, 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.

Red apples vs. green apples
Red apples vs. green apples | Source

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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. 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]. 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. 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. 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. 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. Green apples also reduce liver problems and can help prevent digestive tract problems.
  7. Prevention. Green apples can help prevent diarrhea, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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, keep the gums healthy (and therefore even the heart), help in keeping the teeth clean, memory is enhanced (and elderly nervous problems could be reduced), gallstones could be prevented, and the control and cure of rheumatism 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: http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/apples.html

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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.

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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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      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

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting ktrapp.

      An apple a day also keeps cancer at bay :)

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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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