Did you know calories fuel the body and provide essential energy?
A calorie is actually a unit of heat your body needs to function.
Think of a train, car or plane, the fuel burns up, and produces the appropriate amount of heat and energy needed to keep them going.
Your body does a similar thing.
Without calories, the body would cease to function.
Why do so many of us seek to avoid them?
So why the bad reputation?
I’ll tell you why. Many people in today’s world consume too many calories. It’s also much easier to have a scapegoat and blaming the misunderstood calorie is just so simple. Partly because large portions have become the dietary standard, and partly because most people overindulge on a regular basis. This makes it quite difficult to control calorie intake, but we’re here to help!
A simple mindset change for many people would do their waistlines and themselves a world of good.
Putting the blame on calories, instead of your poor nutritional food choices, just displaces the guilt temporarily no matter how good it may feel.
Rest assured, there are plenty of foods that can be eaten without the ensuing guilt.
Apples lead this list in my opinion and are one of the most nutritious foods.
We urge you to add this delicious fruit to your diet if they’re not already a mainstay.
The calories in an apple are negligible, while the antioxidants and fiber do wonders for the body.
How Many Calories are in an Apple
The average calorie content per 100g is approximately 47.5kcal, so the average sized 200 gram apple contains about 95 calories.
While apples do contain calories, it is not enough to increase weight. Unless of course, you eat apples all day, every day.
As with all calories when eaten in moderation, the calories in an apple are extremely beneficial.
The general rule with calories is to burn more than you consume.
This burning of calories usually comes in the way of exercise and other physical activities.
So, get out there and start exercising! Or find a physical hobby you like and have some fun.
The Health Benefits of Apples – Fiber Content
Though the fiber content of an apple isn’t as high as some other fruits, at 1.8g per 100g, this is still enough to contribute to regular, healthy bowel movements and reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
Among the most significant health benefits of apples are the antioxidants they provide.
The number of antioxidants found in an apple is quite high.
These antioxidants helps the body rid itself of impurities and to fight free radicals.
Free radicals are caused by oxidative stress and damage your cells, which contributes to the aging process.
Eating an apple will help combat this process and make you feel healthier and look younger.
Beware of the Added Sugar in Apple Juice
Apple juice and other fruit juices can be almost as nutritious as raw fruits if they are freshly squeezed.
However, you must be extremely careful when selecting juices.
A quick skim of the nutritional information will reveal what has been added to the juice.
Too many additives, including sugar and other sweeteners, can quickly increase the number of calories found in these juices.
The sugar can also can lead to unwanted weight gain and other adverse health issues.
See the sugar addiction article for more information.
Also, check out the complimentary 23-page Sugar Detox guide offered by this website for further information on the inherit dangers that comes with consuming too much sugar in your daily diet.
Because of the numerous brands of juices available to the consumer, the calories in apple juice varies just as much as the number of brands.
While no particular brand stands out above the rest, it’s best to choose those which have zero additives and no added sugar.
It makes sense that the closer you stick to the raw ingredients, the healthier the content.
While some apples have slightly more calories than others, none are labeled as less or more nutritious.
The nutritional content of various types of apples is very similar; it is the same fruit after all.
With this in mind, next time you’re grocery shopping you’ll do yourself and everybody else in your family a favor by picking up a few apples.
While limiting calorie intake, you’ll be simultaneously increasing antioxidants and fiber.
*This article was authored by professional blogger, Nick Davey.