If you haven’t seen the popular “how to eat an apple” video that’s been making the social media rounds this week, prepare to have your mind blown. It turns out that by eating an apple from top to bottom and simply removing the seeds as you go, you can eat more of the apple and prevent wasting this healthy, tasty snack.
The Best Way to Eat Apples?
There are just about as many ways to eat apples as there are varieties of apple. Peeled, unpeeled, sliced, cored, diced, and of course, the chomp at it from the side method that we all know and love. Somehow, eating an apple from the side in became the “right way” to eat an apple, but eating it in this way leaves that core that actually wastes nearly a solid third of the apple. Check out this video for a different perspective:
When you eat an apple from the bottom up, the core becomes just one more part of the apple! Just make sure to pull out the seeds when you get to them, since apple seeds contain cyanide which is, as most of us know, not that great for you.
Get the Most Health Benefits
Of course, by not wasting precious apple, you can better enjoy some of these fantastic health benefits:
- Apples feature tons of fiber, which can help you feel full post-snack. Pectin, which makes up the bulk of apples’ soluble fiber, is also known to help lower cholesterol.
- Red apples lower your risk for diabetes, according to a 2012 study. This is because they contain a type of antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is what gives red, blue, and purple fruits their color.
- Apples can help you breathe better, thanks to an antioxidant called quercetin, which increases oxygen availability in the lungs. Studies have shown that eating apples can help prevent asthma in children, and studies of quercetin specifically show that taking it in supplement form can boost exercise endurance.
- Eating apples regularly is also associated with a lowered risk of death due to cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.
How do you like to eat your apples?