How many calories in an apple?

Are apples good for you when you are trying to lose weight?

Apples are relatively low in calories, making them a good snack choice when you want to lose weight.  They also have a high fiber content which helps you feel fuller for longer.  Apples should, however, be eaten in moderation as they also contain natural sugars. You should aim to reduce sugar if you are looking to lose weight.  A raw apple contains valuable vitamins and minerals, but when cooked or baked into unhealthier foods such as a pie or turnover, the nutritional benefit of apples can be overshadowed or diminished.

There are many different kinds of apples, each with its own unique taste and texture.  You can choose from both green and red apples, each with its own level of sweetness. 

red and green apples
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How many calories in an apple?

The calories in 100g of raw apple are 52kcal.  

Apples are also nutritious and 100g contains 9% of your recommended daily value of fiber.  They also contain 5% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin C.  Alongside these vitamins, they also have smaller amounts of Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, and B9, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and minerals such as copper, iron, and potassium among others.

Which fruits should be avoided for weight loss?

Fresh fruits are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals and you should aim to eat a range of different fruits each week so that you benefit from the nutrients.  some fruits contain more calories and sugars than others, which is why you need to eat them in moderation.

Berries tend to be a fruit with lower sugar content.  Include a range of delicious berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries.  These fruits are delicious with low-fat Greek yogurt, which is a great source of protein.

Dried and cooked fruits tend to be much higher in sugars due to the loss of water content. Gram for gram, dried and cooked fruits contain higher sugar levels.

To find out more about how much the sugar in fruits impacts your blood sugar, you can look at information from the glycemic index on the University of Sydney website. The glycemic index is a useful tool for people seeking to reduce their sugar intake and control the effect of carbohydrate consumption on blood sugar.  Controlling your blood sugar has been shown to reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes and is very useful in creating a healthy eating plan that promotes weight loss.

Is an apple or banana more calories?

Gram for gram, an apple contains fewer calories than a banana, however, the macronutrient and micronutrient profiles are quite different.  Both apples and bananas offer their own nutritional benefits, so it is good to include both in a balanced and varied eating plan.

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