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Red is a color synonymous with the apple. So, are the words; sweet and juicy. But, a type of apple that is juicy, tart and green in color, is the green apple, a cultivar of the regular apple species. They are used primarily for cooking purposes, as they add a unique flavor to various culinary dishes like pies and tarts. This is why they are also known as dessert apples or cooking apples. They are also used in the production of beverages like cider, wine and flavored alcohols like vodka.

Calories and Nutrition

The calories in green apple are low enough to make this fruit, a dieter's aid. With just 50-80 calories (in a small to medium-sized apple) and no fat or protein, this type of apple will not add to your calorie content. At the same time, due to its fibrous content, it will cut down on your appetite. But, the fruit should be eaten plain with the peel on. When eaten in the form of desserts like pies or crisps, the green apple is just another ingredient and there is no real nutritional benefit.

Green apple contains fiber, and minerals like potassium, phosphorus and calcium. It also contains vitamin A and small amounts of vitamin C. It contains carbohydrates in the form of fructose (natural sugar found in fruits). The following table denotes the nutrient content of green apples in various forms:

Food with Green AppleServing SizeCalCarbsFatSugar
Snapple 100% Juiced Green Apple1 (11.5 fl oz) can16041 g039 g
Granny Smith Apple1 (154 g) apple8022 g017 g
Cascade Fresh Fat Free Green Apple Pie Yogurt1 (6 oz) cup11020 g016 g
Green Apple Pie1/12 slice of pie19740.6 g3 g12.6 g

Nutritional Value

The benefits of eating this type of apple over red apples is always discussed. Some points in favor of green apple's nutritional content are:
  • Due to their rich color, green apples have a higher content of vitamin C as compared to their red cousins.
  • Vitamin B and vitamin A are also present in these apple, so eating this apple has a cleansing effect on the skin and improves skin tone.
  • The green apple's firm flesh is a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion and regularizes bowel movements.
  • High fiber also means better action against cholesterol and green apples can help in reducing cholesterol levels in your body.
  • An apple after a meal can make you feel fuller and satisfied, hunger-wise, so you do not overeat or stuff yourself unnecessarily. Green apples with their tart taste, can help you cut down on fat intake, due to their high fiber content. Eating a green apple before a meal can cut down the amount of food eaten, effectively reducing your daily calorie intake.
  • Green apples help in purifying blood and help in regulating and stabilizing blood sugar.
  • Green apples are also filled with minerals and antioxidants, so an individual's risk of getting cancer is reduced. Apples in particular, are said to be highly effective in lessening the chances of lung cancer as well.
  • Constipation, diarrhea and gastric problems are greatly reduced with green apple consumption, as the presence of a fiber called pectin, present in these apples, deals with such issues.
  • A green apple can lead to a healthier, whiter and stronger set of teeth and gums. It takes a firm bite to sink into a green unpeeled apple and your teeth are enhanced by the firmness of the apple's flesh. Plus eating this apple prevents plaque and gum disease.
  • They are said to reduce the risk of occurrence of certain neural disorders like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, dementia and schizophrenia.
Interesting Facts about Green Apples

There are various sub-species of green apples, the most notable of them being, the Australian Granny Ramsey Smith and the American Newtown Pippin. Green apples are light and bright vibrant green in color, and are also prized for their distinctive taste. While red apples are sweet in flavor, green apples are deliciously tart and sour, with a rich and strong fragrance. They are also harder in texture. They have firm and crisp flesh. A bite into a fresh green apple can fill your mouth with apple juice. These apples have a long shelf-life.

In summation, biting into a green apple a day, will definitely keep the doctor and the weight gain away. Provided you eat the apple in the right form, which is natural and fresh with its skin on.