An Apple a Day

Story: An Apple a Day
Episode: 3
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.