Story: Apple Research
Presenter: Julie Meek
Air Date: 11 April 2021
We know apples taste good, but are apples actually good for our health? Julie seeks to reveal the true health benefits of apples.
- Tests carried out at RPH have shown improvements in blood pressure and blood vessel function as a result of apple intake.
- RPH research found that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables lowers the risk of heart disease.
- Flavonoids are a component found in fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidant activity and can help your body ward off toxins.
- Apples are one of the major contributors to flavonoid intake.
- Flavonoids sit in the skin of the apple and are produced as a result of exposure to sunlight.
- Bravo apples and Pink Lady apples have proven to have the greatest flavonoid content.
- RPH carried out an experiment where they followed several women over a few years and results found that those women who ate an apple a day had a 30% reduced risk of dying from any cause.
- Eating the whole apple is an ideal way to take advantage of the entire package, as apples are a rich source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.