Are We All Eating Apples Wrong?

Are We All Eating Apples Wrong? Alena Kogotkova / Getty Images, Inc.

Sliced, chomped or gnawed – regardless of how we tend to eat our apples, have we been consuming them wrong all this time? A new study about apples gets right to the core of the question.

The study, conducted at the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology at Graz University of Technology in Austria, suggests that the amount of good bacteria we can get from an apple may be dramatically increased if we consume not only the peel and flesh, as we generally do, but the core and seeds as well.

How dramatically? Consuming the entire apple – rather than pitching the core and seeds – can provide as much as 10 times the amount of healthy bacteria, the authors concluded.

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