Let’s pretend there is an apple in front of you. Can you tell us how many nutrients are in it? We’ll give you a moment to think about this. How many nutrients was everyone able to come up with? 20? 100? Try nearly 400. That’s how many phytochemicals have been found in a whole, fresh, clean apple, according to the Handbook of Phytochemical Constituents of Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) Herbs. This gives new meaning to the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Here at FoodFacts we like to stress the importance of eating whole, fresh foods. They give you proper nutrition that’s beneficial to your health. For example, studies have shown that nutrients in apples have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, brain cell damage, and certain cancers. Furthermore, according to research in the Journal of Nutrition, some nutrients in apples work better together than separately. Meaning that, while science has the capability to isolate each nutrient and turn it into 400 different supplements, eating just one apple is far better ( not to mention easier) for our health. These are just the nutrients we know about in an apple. We all know the food industry is constantly changing and emerging research will shed more light into the positive health benefits of foods we already knew were good for us, but never understood why.
As a FoodFacts reader, we are sure you have noticed front of label health claims on packaged food products. The latest over- priced product on the market may claim to have high amounts of every nutrient known to man. There may even be big, bold statements that link single nutrients to positive health benefits and so on. While those claims may have truth to them, we ask ourselves – is a product high in one nutrient good for us if it comes with the added sugar and/or manmade ingredients you struggle to pronounce the name of? Do we want to risk our health and well being by introducing items into our body that it does not recognize? Can we find all the nutrients in an apple in a s supplement, or even apple juice? We could waste time trying or we could take the simple approach and eat a delicious, good for you, nutrient packed apple. Whole foods for our whole bodies – a simple, straight forward approach that can keep us healthy for years to come.