An Apple a Day
Story: An Apple a Day
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 13 March 2021
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Trev investigates this old wives’ tale and seeks to reveal the true health benefits of apples.
- Heart disease is the leading underlying cause of death in Australia.
- Dr. Catherine Bondonno from the RPH Research Foundation says 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.
- Tests carried out at RPH have shown improvements in blood pressure and blood vessel function as a result of apple intake.
- Flavonoids sit in the skin of the apple and are produced as a result of exposure to sunlight.
- Some apples have a higher flavonoid content and therefore, are better for your health.
- Bravo apples and Pink Lady apples have proven to have the greatest flavonoid content.
- Apple trees require a cross-pollinator and thrive in a full sun position with rich organic soil and a consistent water supply.