It’s official: An apple a day, keeps the doctor away

Having an apple every day is even more important for a healthy diet than previously thought, suggests a new study.

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich discovered that the levels of a key antioxidant was previously underestimated in the properties of fruits such as apples, peaches and nectarines.

They said the content of super-chemical polyphenol in fruits is an important part of a healthy diet, and was up to five times higher than recorded in the past, reports the Telegraph .

Professor Fulgencio Saura-Calixto, who led the study, said: “These polyphenols are major constituents of the human diet with important health properties. To consider them in nutritional and epidemiological research may be useful for a better understanding of the effects of plant foods in health.”

Dr Paul Kroon said: “In the human body these compounds will be fermented by bacteria in the colon, creating metabolites that may be beneficial, for example with antioxidant activity.”

The study has been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you proffssor in holland where I live they told us for years a aple a day keep the discease away! Now we now its not only healthybut we have proof for it. But the nectarines? They have the effect when people dont people dont peel them the hurt the mouth, and a little sugestion if you alowed me, cabbage also a real Norwegian dish, its alsohealthy agains cancers. But mabey give this aple more weight in the last result from the National cancer health investigation from the Oxfort University department on their result that vegetarians have 35 % less change on blood cancer and other forms of it more then 45 % (also smokers).

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