We've all heard it. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Now, a Cornell researcher has found that apples not only keep the doctor away, but they specifically may keep a certain type of doctor at bay.
That's the breast doctor. Fresh apple extracts, according to the research done by Rui Hai Liu, an associate professor of food science at Cornell, were found to significantly inhibit the size of mammary tumors in rats. What's more, the greater the amount of extracts the rats received, the greater that inhibition was. He reports that not only did those rats have fewer tumors but the tumors they did have were smaller and slower-growing than the tumors found in the untreated rats.
I happen to love apples as well as other fruits and veggies, and try to eat an apple each day. Goes back to my childhood, I guess, when my mother decorated the table with a bowl filled with fresh apples (Fuji is my favorite variety - what's yours?) By the way, by the time fresh produce gets to the supermarket, it's oftentimes not so fresh and loses not only flavor but vitamins. To get the very freshest, here's a tip: buy local whenever possible. Not only will you get the best-tasting apples, you'll help support the small family farmer.