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Apple Bacteria keeps the Doctor Away

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‘let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food’ – Hippocrates

 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

And this may be true after all and not just an old English proverb with no weight.

A recent study has found that an apple carries more than 100 million bacteria! The beneficial bacteria they carry help to colonise the gut maintaining a healthy microbiome.

Interestingly, but not surprisingly the study found that organic apples had a significantly more diverse and distinct bacterial community.

Organic fruit and vegetables will always be healthier, grown without chemicals and harmful pesticides.

And if you have always believed that organic produce tastes better, well now the science is revealing that you were right all along.

Researchers found that a microbe known as methylobacterium, which is known to enhance strawberry-flavoured compounds, was significantly more prolific in organic apples.

Birgit Wasserman, from the Graz University of Technology the lead author of the study stated that microbiome and antioxidant profiles of fresh produce may one day become standard nutritional information, displayed alongside macronutients, vitamins and minerals to guide consumers buying habits.

And so the original raw breakfast, that my father devised more than 20 years ago, holds true as the perfect start to the day. A power packed, nutrient dense, gut healing bowl of medicine.

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