Aug 2, 2019
Studies of our gut’s microbiome, our gastrointestinal tract’s collection of bacteria, show that it has a huge role in our body’s health. Most of our gut bacteria come from raw fruit and vegetables, since cooking kills the majority of those in other foods we eat. The most ubiquitous raw fruit is the apple, and it supplies many of the bacteria in our systems.
An Austrian study of apples just published in the journal Frontiers of Microbiology shows that the most beneficial bacteria are found in apples grown organically. The highest numbers of bacteria are found in the seeds, the stems, and the ends of the apple, and those numbers are consistently higher for the organically-grown fruit.
If you look closely at the data though, the organic advantage is not huge. Often the price difference is. The bottom line is eat apples, any apples, and get the best price so that you can buy more.
Birgit Wassermann, Henry Müller, Gabriele Berg. An Apple a Day: Which Bacteria Do We Eat With Organic and Conventional Apples? Frontiers in Microbiology, 2019; 10 DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01629
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