We’ve Been Eating Apples All Wrong, Apparently

New study says people refuse to eat the best part of the apple

| By Michelle Gant, July 29, 2019

| TODAY – If you’ve been eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away but haven’t been consuming the core, you are likely missing out on some of the most beneficially nutritious parts of the apple.

That’s according to a new study conducted by researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria.

In addition to fiber and flavonoids, apples contain bacteria (the good, gut health-promoting kind) and most of that bacteria is found in the fruit’s core, including the stem and seeds.

According to the study, which was published this month in the journal Frontiers of Microbiology, a single apple contains about 100 million bacterial cells — but if you toss out the core, you’re only consuming about 10 million of these precious cells.

“Overall, stem and seeds showed highest bacterial abundance, followed by calyx end, stem end and fruit pulp; peel microbiota were lowest abundant,” the study states.

The majority of the 100 million microbes in the human body live in our gut, particularly the large intestine. Of these gut flora, there are both good ones and bad ones.

The good flora are incredibly important for healthy bodily functions.

They “help digest our food, regulate our immune system, protect against other bacteria that cause disease, and produce vitamins including B vitamins B12, thiamine and riboflavin, and Vitamin K, which is needed for blood coagulation,” according to The Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health at the University of Washington.

Good bacteria can be destroyed by taking antibiotics or other drug therapies, as well as colonics and diarrhea, which is why it’s beneficial to eat foods that feed the healthy bacteria in your gut, like yogurt or whole apples.

The study also found that organic apples have an edge over conventionally grown ones when it comes to bacteria diversity …

Apple seeds (along with cherry and pear seeds) contain a small amount of a compound called amygdalin, which, when metabolized in the digestive system, degrades into highly poisonous hydrogen cyanide, a substance that’s lethal in large doses.

This might sound grim, but to put it in perspective, the seeds first have to be crushed or chewed. Secondly, apple seeds contain such a small amount of the potentially harmful chemical that you would likely have to consume hundreds to be at risk of poisoning. Read more. 

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