Can you eat the whole of an apple? (1 Reason you should)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, can you eat the whole of an apple? We will discuss some reasons that support why you should eat the whole apple without throwing any of the parts away.

Can you eat the whole apple?

You can eat the whole apple including, the seeds, the core, the blossom end. You only need to leave the stem. Even though the texture of the apples inside may not be appealing and the taste of apple seeds can be revolting, but it is to your health advantage to eat them both.

Are there any heath benefits of eating the whole of the apple?

Apples provide you with good bacteria that boost your digestive system. According to a study conducted in Austria, the health benefits of consuming the core and the seeds are immense. The apple interior has a high content of Lactobacillus. Lactobacillus; a probiotic that strengthens the gut bacteria is present in the flesh and the core of the apple. 

People who do not eat the core and crust miss the most health benefits of apples. Strikingly, both organic and store-bought apples have plenty of nutritional value to offer, considering that you eat the entire thing. The probiotics of an organic apple are evenly distributed throughout the apple, while the store-bought ones have them concentrated in the center. 

Therefore, if you are eating store-bought apples, you should eat the core and seeds to enrich your gut microbiome and have a healthy digestive system. If you are eating an organic apple and consume the entire thing, you are making the most of apples’ health benefits.

If you throw away the core and seed of the apple, you are throwing away 90 percent of the probiotics. You get only 10 million Gut bacteria when you could have gotten 100 million of them.

What are the health benefits of apples?

Apples not only give you a healthy digestive system and protect against high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and some cancers.  

The antioxidants in apples fight against carcinogenic compounds and protect cells against oxidative damage. It also contains many essential vitamins and minerals. Apples reduce LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and protect you from cardiovascular diseases.

Apples also have a good fiber content of around 4.4 grams. An apple can provide you with days’ worth of fiber. It also has 8.4 milligrams of vitamin C. Apples make your immune system healthy and are a good snack for people who suffer from diabetes. The soluble fiber in apples reduces insulin resistance and lowers cholesterol and blood sugar. 

Apples also provide potassium, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, copper, and B vitamins.

Apples also have flavonoids that protect against degenerative Alzheimer’s disease. Eating apples strengthens and protects different organs of the body including the brain, heart, and gut. 

Are apple seeds poisonous?

Apple seeds have a compound called amygdalin that releases poisonous cyanide when it interacts with a person’s digestive system. When the seed gets damaged or bitten into, the amygdalin releases hydrogen cyanide as a defense mechanism. However, the seeds from an apple or two are not sufficient to harm you. If you eat hundreds of apple seeds, then cyanide is enough to cause poisoning and consequent death. 

Many fruit seeds come with the poisonous compound, but due to their small quantities, they will not harm you. Amygdalin is also found in the seeds of almonds, apricots, peaches, and cherries.

If you consume the seeds, the toxins are tackled by the body’s digestive system without causing you any side effects. Hydrogen Cyndie as a poison causes acute poisoning and even death. Some symptoms that are caused a person to have are nausea, anxiety, headaches, dizziness, and confusion. It can also cause death. The deadly chemical has uses in warfare and industries. 

Does eating the whole of apple have anything to do with saving the environment?

A huge portion of the apple is thrown away, which contributes to food wastage. Around 30 percent of the apple goes to waste, so by eating most of it, you are preventing food waste and conserving the environment as well. Food that is thrown; decomposes and gives off methane gas. So, if you eat all of your apples, you are playing a role in preventing climate change.

There are chefs and professional cooks that are advocating the importance of the perceived inedible portions of apples. The professionals use the seeds, core, skin, and even the stems to make sauces, syrups, and jellies. 

In this brief guide, we answered the question, can you eat the whole apple? We discussed some reasons that support why you should eat the whole apple without throwing any of the parts away.

Citations

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/story/eating-apple-wrong-study-finds-eating-apple-including-64530844
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318706#are-they-dangerous
https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/impressive-health-benefits-of-apples/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-apples

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.