Health Benefits of Applesauce

Small bowl of apple sauce
Small bowl of apple sauce (Image: Ildiko Papp/iStock/Getty Images)

A bowl of chilled applesauce was an after-school snack when you were young, a comfort food when you were sick and is an easy breakfast now on busy mornings. Don't feel guilty for enjoying the sweet smoothness of crushed apples. Applesauce is low-fat, low-calorie and a good source of some vitamins and minerals. Choose unsweetened varieties because applesauce is plenty sweet without added sugar.

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A 1-cup serving of unsweetened applesauce has 102 calories and less than a gram of fat. It also offers 2.7 grams of dietary fiber, which is important for digestive and cardiovascular health. Applesauce also contributes 181 milligrams of the 4700-milligram requirement for potassium -- a mineral that helps your heart work properly. Apples naturally contain vitamin C in their outer peel. This vitamin C is lost when apples are peeled to make sauce, so many manufacturers add back this vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid. A 1-cup serving of unsweetened applesauce with added vitamin C provides 52 milligrams of the 75 to 90 milligrams recommended for an adult. An antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells from damage and supports wound healing.

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