Green apples have been around for a long time but hit their stride in popularity starting around 2006. The first known cultivation of this fruit dates back to 2000 B.C., and is thought to be native to Central Asia- specifically Kazakhstan. Green apples can now be found all over the world, and are extremely popular in the United States (the world's largest consumer of green apples) and Canada.
Green apples differ from red ones in that they are unripe. They contain more sugar than red varieties, but also have higher water content and fewer calories per serving.
However, not all green apples are actually unripe. The granny -smith apple is green even when ripe, although usually of a lighter shade.
What Nutrients Do Green Apples Have?
Vitamins: They contain Vitamin C, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, folate, and pantothenic acid.
Minerals: They are particularly rich in potassium. Green apples also have a significant amount of manganese.
Phytonutrients- Like green peppers, green apples contain high levels of beta-carotene and lutein. Green apples also have zeaxanthin to boost eye health, along with quercetin and chlorogenic acid.
And let's not forget about the fiber content. While both red and green apples have about the same amount of dietary fiber, green apples also contain pectin- a type of soluble fiber.
This fiber is known as a prebiotic; it helps provide nourishment for the good probiotic bacteria in the digestive tract (also known as our microbiome).
What Can Organic Green Apples Do For You?
Boost Cardiovascular Health: Green apples contain potassium which helps regulate blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease. All in all, a very comprehensive solution to decrease oxidative and inflammatory load which increased cardiac risk.
The fiber content also assists with improving cholesterol levels which can have a deleterious effect on the cardiovascular system as well.
Boost Digestive Health: Green apples contain prebiotics- specifically pectin, which can increase the colony size of the "good" bacteria in your gut. This is important because an imbalance in your microbiome can lead to a variety of health problems, many of which manifest as gastrointestinal or immune disorders.
Also useful for supporting regularity and the avoidance of constipation.
Boost Eye Health: Green apples contain high amounts of zeaxanthin and lutein- both of which promote optimal vision health. Zeaxanthin is particularly important for those looking to slow the onset of age-related macular degeneration.