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NEWS: Apple Health Benefits

There’s truth in the adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” You can boost your immunity with apples—including apple products such as 100% apple juice, cider and apple sauce.

According to the U.S. Apple Association, recent research suggests that apples might be the key to achieving a stronger immune system and better gut health (the reason many people consume foods enhanced with probiotic bacteria).

A study published in Denmark’s January 2010 issue of BMC Microbiology found that long-term consumption of apples may promote growth of these “friendly bacteria” in your stomach, potentially leading to a stronger immune system.

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The findings point to the benefits of apple pectin—a type of dietary fiber found in apples—working in tandem with the abundance of antioxidants in apples.

So, work an apple a day into your diet and see if it makes you feel better. A one-cup portion of fresh apple is 65 calories, with 3g dietary fiber, 13g sugars and 10% daily value of Vitamin C.


  • Apples are grown in every state in the continental United States. Top-producing states include Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Virginia.
  • An estimated 7,500 U.S. apple growers manage orchards covering 379,000 acres, trailing only oranges and grapes in the amount of U.S. acreage committed to fruit production.
  • In 2008, the average U.S. consumer ate an estimated 16.4 pounds of fresh-market apples and 33.3 pounds of processed apples, for a total of 49.8 pounds of fresh apples and apple products.
  • Almost 65% of the 2008 U.S. apple crop was eaten as fresh fruit, while 34.5% was processed into apple products (1% was not marketed). Of the 34.5% that was processed, 15.7% went into juice and cider, 12.2% was canned, 2.1% was dried, 2.1% was frozen and 1.1% was sold as fresh slices. Other uses include the making of baby food, apple butter or jelly and apple cider vinegar.

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