Pink Lady apples rank first in flavonoid content

02/03/2012 01:21:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Pink Lady apples have the highest levels of a compound linked to heart health, according to a recent study of various apple varieties.

In a test conducted by researchers at the University of Western Australia and the Western Australia Department of Agriculture, Pink Lady ranked first in the levels of flavonoids, a common plant pigment compound that has the potential to improve heart health, according to a news release from Wenatchee, Wash.-based Pink Lady America LLC.

Golden delicious, gala, hopper crab and more than 25 other Australian commercial and pre-breeding varieties were included in the study.

Most of the Pink Lady’s flavonoids were found in the fruit’s skin, according to researchers.

The study found that apples rich in flavonoids aid in blood vessel relaxation, which can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
 



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