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Why you should eat the apple core

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

why you should eat the apple core

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  • Apples’ antioxidant power is contained in the peel. However, recent research shows the core of the apple contains plenty of beneficial bacteria (probiotics)
  • A typical apple contains about 100 million bacteria. Organic apples have far greater diversity compared to conventional apples, and contain higher amounts of bacteria that enhance flavor
  • Organic apples were the only ones found to contain Lactobacilli, bacteria that break down sugars associated with healthy digestion, robust immune function and even mental health
  • Conventional apples were found to contain Escherichia coli and Shigella — two Enterobacteriaceae species associated with foodborne illness, as both produce potent shigatoxin. Neither of these species was found in organic apples
  • Bacterial colonization of fruit begins at pollination, and the ultimate composition of a fruit’s microbiota is actually influenced by the microbial community found in the pollen

Apples contain disease-fighting vitamin A, C, E and K, minerals such as potassium and magnesium and antioxidants, making them one of the top-ranked fruits for your health.

Compared to other commonly consumed fruits in the U.S., apples rank second only to cranberry for total phenolic compound concentration and total antioxidant activity, and highest for the proportion of free phenolic compounds, which means the phenolic compounds are not bound to other compounds in the fruit and therefore may be more easily absorbed into your bloodstream.


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