Researchers have claimed that older varieties of fruit and veg may have been considerably healthier than their modern day supermarket equivalents.
A pilot study has discovered that a traditional dessert apple had ten times more of a disease preventing chemical than its newer, shinier-skinned equivalent. The Egremont Russet apple (often used to make cider) contains considerably more phloridzin than a regular Granny Smith appple you might find in a supermarket.
The discovery has sparked the beginning of a three year study to examine older varieties of apples, bananas, mangoes and onions for their health benefits.
Scientists at Unilever, Kew Gardens and Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, believe ‘pre-domesticated’ fruit and veg eaten in years gone by had much higher levels of hundreds of chemicals that help to prevent disease.
This list includes salicylates, which play a key role in fighting cancer and are used to make aspirin.
Mass produced fruit and veg lose many of these vitamins because of the cold conditions they are often stored in for months on end to slow the ripening process. This is why you should look into our office fruit London service – no mass produced fruit there!
Bruised fruit and veg also produce more nutritious chemicals because these vitamins are released as a defence mechanism so if there’s every a bruised fruit in your fruit delivery London you know it’s good for you!
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