Apples: To peel or not to peel?
My little boy loves apples, but he refuses to eat them unless they are skinned and cut into little pieces. Is he still getting the same nutrition as eating them with the peel?
Take heart -- apples are not only delicious, they're a healthy, nutritious, low calorie part of a balanced diet. So the fact that your son enjoys eating apples is wonderful.
However, if you could find a way to incorporate the apple skin into his apple slices, your son would get the additional nutritional benefits derived from eating the apple peel. That's because the skin of the apple is where most of the fiber and other nutrients are found.
In fact, a medium unpeeled apple has nearly twice the fiber, 40 percent more vitamin A and 25 percent more potassium than a peeled apple, according to the
In addition, apple skins contain:
n Ursolic acid, which may increase muscle strength and help burn calories and, in turn, aid in weight loss, according to a study by the
n Quercetin, a compound that acts like an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory, according to a study from the
n Triterpenoids, which are compounds that a study from
To introduce apples with the skin on to your son, try offering him different varieties. While most people are familiar with Red Delicious, Gala, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples, there are over 7,500 types of apples to choose from.
Offering very thin slices also may make the skin more appealing. Peeled or unpeeled, enjoy lots of apples. October is National Apple Month and a great time to benefit from fall's bountiful harvests.