AN APPLE A DAY MAY KEEP LUNG CANCER AWAY
true, an apple a day really does keep the doctor away--and the cancer--according
to new research.
A recent medical study of nearly 10,000 men and women in Finland
over 26 years showed that those with highest consumption of apples
were less than half as likely to develop lung cancer as those who
ate few or no apples. The study, published in Fall, 1997 American
Journal of Epidemiology focused on flavonoids, a plant compound
known to have antioxidant effects. Apples are very rich in a flavonoid
called quercetin, especially in comparison to other fruits.
analyses of the diets studied showed that those who consumed the
most flavonoid-rich foods-apples and other fruits, onions, juices,
vegetables and jams-had a 20 percent lower incidence of cancer.
Quercetin, a flavonoid found largely in apples, accounted for 95
percent of the flavonoids consumed by the study group.