Surprising Side Effects of Eating Applesauce

It's good for your gut.

Probiotics like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir get all the glory for gut health, but they can't do their job without a healthy dose of prebiotics. 

It could help you lose weight.

If you're looking for easy ways to cut down on calories without sacrificing your favorite foods, applesauce can help.

It helps you stay hydrated.

Applesauce is a healthy hydration source when you're sick," says Megan Byrd of The Oregon Dietitian. 

It could be loaded with added sugars.

Not all applesauce is created equal. You'll want to read the label carefully since added sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are common ingredients in this packaged food.

Some brands of applesauce can have up to 15 grams of added sugar in a four-ounce portion. This amount of added sugar is significant.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association recommend that children and women get less than 25 grams of added sugar daily and that men eat less than 38 grams each day.

More than the perfect kid-friendly fruit, applesauce is an easy way to entice people of any age to eat an extra serving of fruit.

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