They look pretty much like apples, don't they? They aren't; they are grapples (pronounced grape le) that have been subjected to a horrifying process to make them more attractive to kids. The apples are Fuji or Gala and are subjected to an "Infusion" of grape juice and "purified" water, oh and methyl anthranilate, which makes them taste like grape bubble gum. OH, yummy. They aren't genetically modified (oh, goody) but they ARE classified as processed food. Don't we already know about the perils of processed food?
Apples are fairly impermeable. Their skin is protective so just how are they infused? The patented process doesn't add calories or sugar but the solution that turns apples into grapples by infusing them all the way to the core. It's no simple dip or soak in the solution.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away- simple homily that touts
the benefits of eating apples. The irony is most kids already like apples and they are nature's fast food. They're ready to eat with just a quick rinse under the tap. Why "infuse them" with fake flavour? Children's taste buds are already over-stimulated with too much refined sugar, salt and fat. Research has shown (Check out Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss) that human brains are changed by eating foods that are hyper-flavoured by excess salt, sugar and fat. Here's another opportunity to do just that. Grapples are way grape-y. The smell is overpowering.
Why destroy the natural goodness of apples? The sugar they contain helps to maintain a normal blood sugar level without spikes and dives. They are a source of vitamins and fibre. They taste good all by themselves.
Maybe economics will save us. Grapples are expensive. The pack shown to the left costs around $5. You can order the 12 pack on-line for only $12.95. Unadulterated apples are way less costly. Do everyone a favour and boycott this ridiculous pseudo-flavoured grapple. In the words of Curtis White, "I tried one offered to me by a student. It tasted more like crapple." Yup.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2056889/Introducing-Grapples--expensive-apples-think-theyre-grapes.html#ixzz2R7CUZIZX
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.