English ap­ples

A good month to eat…

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

Three-quar­ters of ap­ples bought in the UK are im­ported. With the sea­son in full swing, now is the per­fect time to re­dress the bal­ance by seek­ing out our home­grown Pip­pins, Egre­mont Rus­sets and Golden De­li­cious.

Don’t peel your ap­ples. Most of the vi­ta­min C, fi­bre and flavonoids (in­clud­ing the an­tiox­i­dant kaempferol) lie just be­neath the skin. Sim­ply bite and en­joy.

Keep the doc­tor away. One study found that ap­ples could help pro­tect neu­ro­log­i­cal health by pre­vent­ing the dam­age caused to brain cells by the ac­tion of free rad­i­cals.

A good source of quercetin –a flavonoid with anti-in­flam­ma­tory and an­ti­his­tamine prop­er­ties. Red va­ri­eties are high­est in an­tho­cyanin, an an­tiox­i­dant.

Ap­ples reg­u­late blood sugar and sate hunger: one study found that eat­ing an ap­ple 15 min­utes be­fore a meal re­duced sub­se­quent calo­rie in­take by 15 per cent.

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