Many people are familiar with the old adage “an apple a-day keeps the doctor away” and many reputable universities and institutes in different countries have undertaken research which has claimed to show benefits from eating apples for a wide range of illnesses and disorders in humans. However, in order to prevent spurious claims, no health or nutritional benefit can now be claimed unless it has been approved by the EC. This has necessitated a detailed investigation of the evidence supporting every claim and many claims are still being investigated. The following claims for apples are those which have been approved by the EC – other claims may or may not be approved in the future.
- Apples are naturally fat free
- Apples are a low fat food
- Apples are saturated fat free
- Apples contain only naturally occurring sugars, with no added sugar
- Apples are a high source of fibre
- Apples are naturally sodium free
- Apples are naturally salt free
- Apples contain fructose
Benefits for Health
- Apples are naturally sodium free. Reduced consumption of sodium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure.
- Apples are saturated fat-free food. Reducing consumption of saturated fat contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
By adding Bramley to everyday dishes you will contribute to your five-a-day pieces of fruit and vegetables. Here are a few tips for eating more apples:
- Add stewed Bramley apples hot or cold to breakfast cereal or porridge.
- Add Bramley apples to soups, stir-fries or rice dishes. Apples pair well with spicy foods like curries, and other savoury dishes.
- Cooked apples taste great with other fruits and vegetables, like cranberries, sweet potatoes or carrots.
- Use Bramley apples to make sauces or salsas to accompany meat, chicken or fish dishes. Alternatively try cooked apples on pancakes or waffles for breakfast.
- You can bake Bramley apples with cinnamon and raisins in the microwave for a quick dessert. Other flavours that go well are maple syrup, honey, citrus fruits, cloves and nutmeg.