Replace Coffee with Apples – The Overlooked Superfruit.

It’s 3PM. You have three hours until the end of the workday and you’re feeling low on energy, motivation and enthusiasm. You’re tempted to pour yourself yet another cup of coffee – hoping that the caffeine can help pull you through. But you think to yourself, “Isn’t there a better option?”

Yes. A simple apple.

Do apples have caffeine? No. But for centuries, people have been touting the wonderful benefits of this often overlooked superfruit.

Apples, depending on their size, have about 20 grams of natural sugar. While this sugar helps awaken the body, it’s very different from eating a spoonful of table sugar or a handful of candies:

By eating table sugar our bodies go out of sync with our sugar levels – as the sugar is processed in the body extremely fast – and in doing this the body informs the pancreas to pump out insulin. Fruit sugar is broken down more slowly which allows the body more time to react to the sweetener that has been consumed. This puts less stress on the body without the worry of a sudden sugar spike.

Moreover, apples are also rich in fiber; each apple contains 4 grams. For most healthy adults, the USDA recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed. And since most of us don’t get enough fiber, adding in an apple will certainly help. Fiber has a lot of great benefits – including that it will help you feel fuller and more satisfied longer.

Various studies have also linked apple consumption to diabetes management, colon cancer prevention, bone protection, breast cancer prevention, lower cholesterol, asthma help and more.

So instead of pouring yourself that extra cup of joe, keep a basket of fresh and crispy apples nearby. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, spread a few tablespoons of real peanut butter on your apple slices. Delicious!

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  1. OH NO DAVEY…. PLEASE.. Don’t let lose my last sin… coffe is the last addiction I still have.. apples dont have the delicious flavor and the great smell of a fresh cofee.
    I agree with fibers, but coffe is something wich excites several good memories.

    me = 1 jar in the morning plus 2 coffe cups in the evening. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I perhaps you would be better off replacing those two cups at night with an apple, i mean the article is eluding to the end of the day coffee breaks we tend take. Also i think what he is meant is that instead of just going for another cup, maybe just have one or two cups in the morning and replace some of those other’s you would have through the day with an apple. Everything in moderation ๐Ÿ™‚ . Personally I like my self a pear in the monring, that used to get me SO wired in high school, it was good stuff.

  2. christopher says:

    im going to try this-i will eat more apples-they are very very much in season right now-Washington State and Michigan produce the best.and very very high in fiber.ive especially got to like that.i need as much fiber and that slow intake of sugar.whats not to like.

  3. I just started up my college classes after a whole summer of good solid 8-9 hours of sleep… My school is on the top ten list of most stressful schools in the country, so one could imagine the late nights, early mornings, and lots of energy required!

    I was once told that apples were better than coffee, and being a big fruits & vegetables person I kind of believed it… However, when I got here, I started taking an apple every night at dinner from the commons for my early morning rush, and ever since I’ve stopped falling asleep in classes!

    Not to mention Granny Smiths are a tart and energetic “Good Morning!”

  4. Christopher says:

    I thought coffee was ok if you did not drink it within a couple of hours of going to sleep?

    • it depends mostly how much coffe you do drink.. the more you drink the more your body needs caffeine to get same effect. If you drink sometimes u’ll get a higher effect.. but if you don’t, wek, youll need more cofee.
      I know the peak effect ocour after [mpre or less] one hour you you drink coffe. But my personal experience stop drinking coffe and anything wich has cafeine 3 hours before go to sleep.

  5. I’m doing a very strict 21 day cleanse (no caffeine, alcohol, dairy, carbs or meat) and start each day with an apple and herbal tea instead of coffee. It’s amazing how much energy I have! My friends in Malaysia who regulary do a 3 month cleanse yearly, start the day with only an apple or banana with herbal tea and end each day the same way. I’ve gone from a triple latte daily to apples and I feel amazingly clear, lighter in spirit with a new type of energy. Great article as I’m writing a blog on the effects and benefits of a 21 day cleanse and wanted to refer to the apple’s benefits. When I googled you were the only one who has written about the benefits of apples in relationship to caffeine. Thanks!!

  6. Riaan van Wyk says:

    What could happen if an apple is consumed irectly after a cup of strong black sweet coffee? This was done by me after a night of partying an not too long after this I had the symptoms of someone that had smoked crystal meth, to the point that I coul not sleep the entire night and I had the coffee an apple at about 11 the morning already. Please will you get back to me as soon as possible, cause I think I was drugged????

  7. My son just told me I should be biting into a golden declicous rather than sipping my colombian bold. We shall see.