An apple a day to keep heart disease, cancer at bay

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Sydney, Apr 7 (UNI) The old adage an apple a day keeps the doctor away has been proved true once again as a new report has established that eating apples cut the risk of heart disease and certain cancers too.

A report based on a comprehensive review of scientific research published in the past 10 years said apples were a 'nutrition powerhouse' and provided protection against asthma, reduced the risk of type II diabetes and also helped with weight loss.

The report which appeared in the Courier Mail, also found that apples have the highest antioxidant content among all popular fruits.

An apple has more than twice the antioxidants of a cup of tea, about three times the antioxidants of an orange and almost eight times the antioxidants of a banana, dietician Shane Landon, the author of the report noted.

''The research is compelling and the health message is simple. We must get back to basics. An apple a day is a very good start,'' Mr Landon said.

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