Healthy Eating: The 4 Most Curious Facts about APPLES

Healthy Eating: The 4 Most Curious Facts about APPLES 

By Roberto Machado Noa

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That way goes an old saying. Apple is very beneficial due to its dietary fiber and low glycemic index and load.  

However, there are some curious or interesting facts to be noted.

1- Technically, apples are not fruits.  A fruit develops from the part of the flower called 'ovary'. That happens when the ovary ripens. Contrary to that, the major part of the apple develops from the thalamus and not from the ovary. That is why is known as a false fruit.

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2- Apples are the family of roses. Along with other 2500 genus, the apple tree is a genus of the Rosaceae family. Curiously, that family includes rose flowers, almonds, cherries, apricots, pears, strawberries and many others.

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3- If they are not fruits, what are apples? Well, they are technically vegetables. Botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant, whereas vegetables are all other plant parts, such as roots, leaves, and stems.

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4- Last but not least, the seeds are toxic. Although no cases of poisoning by apple seeds have been registered, the seeds of apples contain small amounts of amygdalin, a sugar and cyanide compound known as a cyanogenic glycoside. Ingesting small amounts of apple seeds will cause no ill effects, but consumption of extremely large doses can cause adverse reactions.

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