A good month to eat…
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.