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Fruit Bites for Kids: Apple

Tweens lying in applesApple has been in the healthy-eating biz forever, it seems. She’s what every good student gives his teacher. And she’s a top-notch performer when it comes to meeting your nutritional needs.

Q: So, Ms. Apple, is that old expression about you really true, that an apple a day keeps the doctor away?

Apple: I don't mean to brag, but apple nutrition stats don't tell the whole story. I have a unique combination of nutrients that work together to do some pretty wonderful things for your body. I help keep your heart healthy. I also help with digestion and constipation (something that troubles a lot of kids, according to pediatricians). And I help keep your blood sugar steady. That's what food turns into, so your body can use it as an energy source.

Q: You are looking marvelous. Could you describe yourself for our readers please?

Apple: Today I'm wearing basic red, but I can be green or yellow as well, and I'm white on the inside. I'm mildly sweet when I'm a Golden or Red Delicious. I'm sweeter when I'm a Fuji or a Braeburn. And I'm tart when I'm a Granny Smith. I have to admit crowds go wild when I'm a Honeycrisp because I’m so crisp, juicy, and sweet.

As you see, I've got a lot of different looks. I'm very into fashion.

Q: You've been known to appear in apple sauce, apple juice, apple pie, apple cake … all kinds of things.

Apple: Yes, all true. But I think I'm at my best on my own, eaten raw. You'll get my best qualities that way. Enjoying me in apple pie or a baked apple is OK every once in a while. But there also can be a lot of added sugar and unhealthy fats in those snacks. You're crowding me with extras that I don't really need to shine. 

So I prefer being a solo act. Chomp right into me, cut me into slices, whatever. I'm so handy, you can just stick me in a baggie to carry with you to enjoy whenever you want.

Q: You're appearing in the produce section right now, correct?

Apple: I'm always appearing in the produce section. But here's a little secret: I'm freshest in the fall, right after I've been picked. And if you live near an orchard, check me out there -- my taste is epic.

Q: Of all the things people have said about you, what's your favorite?

Apple: In his essay Wild Apples, Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits." That was so sweet! Of course, he also could've mentioned that I'm great for your heart, digestion, weight control, and all that. But I guess you can't have everything.

 

Ready for another bite? Try Bananas, Oranges, Peaches, or Watermelon

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD, FAAP on December 28, 2013