Apples are a very good source of pectin – a type of fibre, which promotes a feeling of fullness and therefore lessens snacking between and after meals.
A study carried out in the University of Pennsylvania, found that when participants ate 2 apples 15 minutes before they were presented with an ‘all you can eat buffet’, they consumed around 180 calories less than those who didn’t eat the apples prior to their meal.
Therefore it is thought that apples act as a natural appetite suppressant and are a good way to control how much you eat due to their fibre content.
Reducing snacking on foods high in sugar and fat as well as how much you eat during meals, will lower the risk of putting on weight, developing coronary heart disease, hypertension, tooth decay and type 2 diabetes.
However peeling apples cuts their fibre content by around half so it is beneficial for our health to leave them untouched.