The stay young apple

Ontario: Researchers in Ontario, Canada, have discovered that Red Delicous apples have more anti-oxidants than any other variety.

The Agriculture and Agri-Food department examined the chemical content of eight different varities. In particular they looked for the highest level of polyphenols – anti-oxidants that help the body fight diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers, blood pressure and other diseases of ageing.

While Red Delicious has the highest content another variety Empire has the lowest. The scientists found that the skin of the fruit has five times the anti-oxidant level than the flesh.

Other fruit and vegetables rich in anti-oxidants include red grapes, berries, broccoli, garlic, spinach, green tea and soy.