“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Maybe we cannot take this old saying literally…however apples offer so many nutrients that they should not be missed in any healthy diet. In India we can buy apples all year round, either being brought down from the valleys of the Himalayas or being imported from China and Australia. Unfortunately it is impossible to find organically grown apples. Skin of industrially grown apples is likely to be poisoned by pesticides residues. Peeling your apples is definitely advisable although you lose some of apples’ flavonoids and fiber in this way.
Even so a peeled medium apple still provides around 3 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber. Apple's insoluble fiber hooks up with “bad” cholesterol in the digestive tract, pushing it out from the body. Apple's soluble fiber pectin lessens the amount of LDL cholesterol in the liver. Furthermore pectin hangs on to toxins like heavy metals lead and mercury and shows them the way out. Both fibers of course stimulate bowel movement and ease constipation. Apples contain also a lot of antioxidants and vitamin C, known to prevent many types of cancer.