Apples are rich in dietary fibre and excellent for health. May Al Joudeh, dietitian at Medeor 24x7 International Hospital Al Ain, says, ‘A cup of chopped apples (100-150 grams) contains 4-5 grams of dietary fibre, which is about 17 per cent of the recommended daily intake of dietary fibre.’
Studies have shown that pectin (a dietary fibre) has a positive effect on lowering high cholesterol, contributing to the health of the digestive system, helping with diarrhoea, constipation, preventing gallstones, stabilise irritable bowel syndrome and reduce and prevent haemorrhoids, she says.
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The majority of the fibre, antioxidants and phytochemicals are present in skin and peel of the apple. But make sure you wash the fruits well before consuming.