There is always so much to learn about apples! I am constantly amazed at the rich and varied history that is contained in our orchard! I Was wondering about the health benefits today and found this wonderful article. This is from the conclusion of the paper:
“In numerous epidemiological studies, apples have been associated with a decreased risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and asthma. In vitro and animal studies have demonstrated that apples have high antioxidant activity, can inhibit cancer cell proliferation, decrease lipid oxidation, and lower cholesterol, potentially explaining their role in reducing risk of chronic disease.”
The whole paper is fascinating and worth reading. I can’t help but think about the variation in health benefits of the different varieties of apples that the authors tested. It makes me wonder what could be found if all 1500 varieties in our orchard were tested!
Please take a look at the paper and let us know what you think.