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Can An Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

Posted Dec 19 2008 12:13am

Well, I'll be darned.

A Canadian study shows that there just might be partial credence to the popular phrase, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

Indeed, researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada examined levels of antioxidants in eight varieties of the crunchy fruit and found that the popular Red Delicious apple -- the most common variety grown in the U.S. -- contains the highest concentration of these health-enhancing chemicals.

But, "to get the most bang for your bite, be sure to eat the peel... because the skin of contains more than six times the antioxidant activity than the flesh, the Associated Press reported about the study, to be published in the June 29 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Thanks to for alerting us to this exciting news about a fruit that contains naturally occuring sugars and nutrients. (This site is a hugely popular website and great source for up-to-date nutrition news and information.)

And why should we care about oxidation and antioxidants?

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