Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble
fiber. Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent
cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing
the incident of atherosclerosis and heart disease. The insoluble fiber
in apples provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to
cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system.
It is a good idea to eat apples with their skin.
Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating
the skin also increases insoluble fiber content. Most of an apple's
fragrance cells are also concentrated in the skin and as they ripen, the
skin cells develop more aroma and flavor.
There are hundreds of varieties of apples on the
market today, although most people have only tasted one or two of the
most popular such as Red Delicious or Granny Smith. Apples can be sweet,
tart, soft and smooth or crisp and crunchy, depending on the one you