You know the old saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, that’s some really good advice! Here’s why: Eating one large apple provides 20% of the daily recommended value for dietary fiber, 8% of the antioxidant vitamin C, and 7% of your day’s potassium, for just 130 calories!
You can start with Washington apples, which are known around the world for their beauty and crunch.
Grown in lush gardens in the northwestern US state of Washington, each Washington apple is hand-picked so the fruit doesn’t hurt. Some common varieties are Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji and Granny Smith – which are now readily available in India.
As dietitians recommend eating two cups of fruit each day, you can easily achieve this by eating one large or two small Washington apples.
Sumit Saran, India representative of the Washington Apple Commission, says, “Over the years, India has become the third largest market for Washington apples, with the top two being Mexico and Canada. This is a clear reflection of Indians’ aspirations for nutritious food and healthy living. is reflection.
no cause for concern
Over the years, some unsubstantiated media reports and videos on social media have raised concerns about the safety of waxed apples. However, the wax used on Washington apples is completely natural and safe.
Before being packaged, Washington apples go through a rigorous cleaning process to remove field dirt and other impurities. This also results in the removal of some of the natural wax from the fruit surfaces. Therefore, a few drops of food grade coatings used in candies, chocolates, pastries, etc. are applied to apples to replace the wax that was washed away during the cleaning process.
The edible coatings used on Washington apples are derived from two sources—carnauba and shellac. While carnauba wax is derived from the shredded leaves of the carnauba palm tree found in Brazil, shellac wax is a resin secreted by the lac beetle found in Asia, and is similar to honey. Both the US Food and Drug Administration and the Indian government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have approved these waxes.
“Washington apples sold in India are completely safe and meet the same standards as those sold in the US or any other market in the world,” says Saran.
Hopefully, you now know how to satiate one of those mid-meal hunger pangs!
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