Posted April 18, 2019 07:49:53The nutritional profile of Applebees, Australia’s largest food company, could have the potential to boost the nutritional value of Australia’s crop, according to a study.
The Australian Food and Agricultural Research Agency (AFARA) is conducting a nutritional assessment of Applebee’s products, looking at the nutritional content of the products to determine how much of the product’s nutrients can be added back into the food chain.
This could be important if we have large amounts of fruit and vegetable crops to feed livestock and feed to animals and people, said lead author Dr Jennifer Boon.
The study, to be published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, has looked at products from Applebees flagship store in Melbourne, and found that the company has a low amount of sugar, which is linked to diabetes and obesity.
It also has very low levels of salt and saturated fat, but high levels of calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Dr Boon said the company’s products could also contribute to a lower incidence of colon cancer and the development of bowel cancer.
“It’s not necessarily just about a reduction in sugar consumption, but more the amount of fibre and other nutrients that are actually available,” she said.
“We’re seeing a lot of evidence that apple cider vinegar is a good source of fibre.”
And in terms of fruit, the levels of nutrients in fruit are very similar to the levels in other fruits.
“Dr Boons said there were a lot more products available that could be added to the apple cider juice mix.”
So I think it’s a very exciting time to look at what apple cider might be doing,” she added.”
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to be a good alternative to other types of sweeteners that we’re looking at, like soy lecithin.