Antioxidant Tuesdays-Red Delicious Apples

10 Jan

Red Delicious Antioxidants!

For the next installment of antioxidant Tuesdays, I am going to talk about red delicious apples.    If you haven’t read an Antioxidant Tuesday post before, it is a series highlighting the 10 foods with the highest amount of antioxidants amongst 100 common foods examined in this study.  So far, we have talked about kidney beanspinto beansblueberriescranberriesartichokesblackberriesprunes and strawberries.

Health Benefits of Red Delicious Apples

An average sized apple has only 90 calories and has 5 of fiber!  Much of this fiber is in the apple’s skin so don’t peel your apples and miss out on this important source of fiber.

Studies on Red Delicious Apples

Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?

Although Red Delicious Apples have the highest antioxidant counts amongst apples, I will highlight studies that have been done on apples in general and the disease fighting nutrients that most apples contain.

  • Phloridzin, a compound in apple and in apple-derived products, has been investigated in mice.  These preliminary studies suggest is might be able to act as a antihyperglycemic and antihyperlipidemic agent in individuals with diabetes (source) (source)
  • Phloridzin has also been investigated in mice for its ability to protect against osteopenia (bone loss) by improving inflammation markers and decreasing bone resorption (source)
  • A high consumption of apple juice from concentrate and bananas has shown to protect against wheezing in children (source)
  • Apple juice has shown some preliminary data at being able to decrease the decline in mood that accompanies Alzheimer’s Disease  (source)
  • Polyphenols, disease fighting compounds in apples and other fruits, has shown to decreased total cholesterol and LDLcholesterol levels in moderately obese individuals (source)
  • Polysaccharides from apples have shown some potential for the prevention and treatment of colon cancer (source)
  • Apple polyphenols given to mice with a predisposition for developing colon cancer were able to reduce colon polyps (source)

How to eat them

Red Delicious Oatmeal from Fit City

Apple Chips from Eat Play Love

Chopped Apple Salad from Food Network

Warm Cabbage and Apple Salad from Eggs on Sunday

Naked Apple Butter from Oh She Glows

Reminder:  As apples are part of The Dirty Dozen, try to buy organic if possible.  Trader Joe’s sells them for a reasonable price.


Do you eat apples?  What is your favorite type?  Do you cook them or do you eat them plain?


9 Responses to “Antioxidant Tuesdays-Red Delicious Apples”

  1. Corinne @ RI Nutrition Housecalls January 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I eat apples a lot! Probably at least one a day. Wouldn’t you know it I am actually eating one right now. My favorite is probably the golden delicious but I’ll usually buy whichever organic variety is on sale. I tend to go for sweeter and softer instead of firm and crisp. I don’t cook them but I do eat them with peanut butter!

  2. Thomas January 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    My grandfather eats an apple every day. And he is now 90. Apples keep him alive.

  3. Paige @ Running Around Normal January 11, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    I’ve been loving grated apple added to dishes lately! So yummy:)

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