While many people are battling with the supermarket shelves to pick up all manner of food products, why not go back to basics with the humble apple?

According to British Apples & Pears association, a bag of apples will last a week or longer in the fridge and they boast a variety of health benefits; for a start, apples are made up of 86 per cent water, providing a natural source of hydration to keep us feeling refreshed in the warmer weather.

The experts at the association add that as a versatile fruit, apples can be enjoyed as a tasty snack, either on their own, with peanut butter or even cheese, as well as incorporated into a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes for all the family. Snacking on an apple a day is one healthy portion towards our recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake of five-a day.

Tom Sanders, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Kings College London, worked with British Apples & Pears to outline the nutritional benefits of apples. He reminds us that apples are full of vital vitamins, minerals and a wide variety of phytochemicals. Apples are also notably high in vitamin C and rich in polyphenols, compounds with antioxidant and other health promoting properties.

It’s equally important we are getting enough fibre in our diets whilst being at home. What’s more, apples contain 1.2g dietary fibre per 100g, keeping us feeling full and satisfied when hunger strikes, as well as helping to regulate bowel movements.

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