Friday, June 03, 2005

Apples Keep the Doctor Away

[Best way to avoid me - eat an apple a day. Simple as that.]

NEW SCIENTIST - A Red Delicious apple a day keeps the doctor furthest away. This variety contains higher levels of disease-fighting chemicals than some other varieties, a Canadian study has found. Apples - and especially their skins - are a good source of dietary antioxidants. These help neutralise reactive molecules called free radicals, which have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer's and heart disease. A team led by Rong Tsao of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Guelph, Ontario, measured the antioxidant activity of the skins of eight popular apple varieties. Red Delicious apples had the strongest antioxidant activity, more than six times that of the wimpiest variety, Empire.

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