Apples are sweet and portable, so they make great on-the-go snacks. The crisp, pulpy meat of the apple delivers nutrients for a relatively low number of calories, making the apple an excellent energy source and great diet food.
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Fats and Calories
One medium apple provides about 95 calories, depending on the particular type of apple. It has no cholesterol and 0.1 g of fat, providing a mere 0.1 percent of your daily limit of fat.
Unlike chips, candy or other junk foods, apples package their sweetness with 4.4 g of fiber. This fiber causes the sugar in apple, which is mostly fructose, to be released slowly into the bloodstream, stabilizing blood sugar and sating hunger. Apple also provides 0.5 g of protein, about 11 mg of calcium and 195 mg of potassium.
Apples contain pectin, a substance that binds with water and reduces the amount of fat your cells absorb. The pectin in apples also makes you feel full and can help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition that causes thickening of the waist. Eat an apple shortly before dinner to dull your appetite and help prevent absorption of the fat you are about to eat.