Eating an apple a day slashes the risk of dying early by 35 per cent, a study has found. WOMEN who ate more than 100 grams of the fruit each day – one small apple – were likely to have a longer life expectancy than those who didn’t. Researchers at the University of Western Australia followed a group of pensioners aged 70 to 85 for 15 years.
Each of the 1,456 participants completed a food frequency questionnaire, which the researchers used to understand how apples impacted on their mortality. It found a variety of different fruits when consumed on a daily basis gave moderate health benefits.
Dr. Jonathan Hodgson, from the UWAs School of Medicine and Pharmacology, said it was down to high concentrations of fibre and flavonoids in the skin. Flavonoids are plant compounds found in fruit and vegetables including apples, berries, pears, strawberries, and radishes. They have long been celebrated for their antioxidant effect, which is thought to help prevent cell damage. ‘Apples are amongst the top contributors to total flavonoid intake,’ he said. Read more